There’s some breathing space between West Ham United and the drop zone, as an uplifting 3-0 win lifts David Moyes’ side to 14th. I’ll take you through what happened…
West Ham erupted into the game in fine fashion and broke into the lead after 13 minutes with a bursting strike from Joao Mario. Cheikhou Kouyate assisted the Portugal international to score his first goal for the club.
The London side doubled their lead against a hapless Southampton after only four minutes after the first goal when Marko Arnautovic stabbed home the second following an assist from previous goalscorer, Mario.
Arnautovic was the man of the moment once again as he tucked in a second well into added time. A long-range assist from Arthur Masuaku found the Austrian to finish off a poor Southampton side.
Well, erm, there’s not much to report here as David Moyes’ side left the Saints looking over their shoulder as they pretty much won the game in the first half.
Thoughts on the game
This was a game which neither side could afford to lose. The home took the game by the scruff of the neck to leave Mark Hughes side looking as though they’ve just come back from an ill-advised holiday.
West Ham were deserved winners on the day and as for Southampton, the work to stay up in the top division has been made that bit harder.
The only downside to the win was the early substitution of Michail Antonio, but that did little to spoil their day.
For the Hammers, its a trip to Stamford Bridge as they continue their quest for survival (kick-off 4:30pm), whilst Southampton face a daunting visit to Emirates Stadium – a stadium where they’ve only picked up a solitary point in February 2016. (kick-off 2:15pm). (Both Sunday)
Over to you
What do you think? Can West Ham build on this result? What next for Southampton? Do they still have what it take to survive? Let us know @OfficialTFF