West Ham manager Sam Allardyce praised his side for recovering from a poor first-half performance to secure a "brilliant" 4-1 victory against fellow Premier League new boys Southampton.
After a dour opening 45 minutes that Saints dominated, it took less than a minute of the second half for Mark Noble to break the deadlock. Kevin Nolan doubled the Hammers' advantage moments later and although Adam Lallana halved the deficit, Noble's penalty and a superb strike by substitute Modibo Maiga sealed an emphatic victory for the hosts.
"It was a surprise we won 4-1 when you look at what we did in the first half," Allardyce said after the match. "The good thing for us is the professionalism of players that took a little bit of criticism at half-time for what was a bit of a lacklustre performance."
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