Southampton & West Ham play out goalless draw
The Premier League clubs shared the spoils after a 0-0 draw at St Mary's
Southampton and West Ham slogged out an uninspiring and dull 0-0 draw on a torrid afternoon at St. Mary's.
A lifeless first-half display from both sides spurned little chances, with the only notable chance following to Southampton's new signing Dani Osvaldo, who found himself on the end of a cut back from Jay Rodriguez, but Jussi Jaaskelainen was alert to make a smart save.
Inside the opening ten minutes, commitment and desire brought a chance to the feet of Mohamed Diame, but the midfielder could only fire straight at Artur Boruc, who occupied the near post.
Diame was to be of note once again, as he became the first name to go into referee Andre Marriner's book, earning himself a yellow card for a clumsy foul on Adam Lallana.
West Ham had a right to feel riled shortly after, when Kevin Nolan's finish from distance was ruled out due to an adjudged offside call against Matt Jarvis, who had drawn a save from Artur Boruc earlier in the build-up.
Osvaldo continued to catch the eye in the red shirt of Southampton, providing numerous moments of brilliance, managing to beat his man all ends up, but Morgan Schneiderlin was unable to capitalise on the forward's cheeky chipped pass.
Sam Allardyce was to prove unhappy when Schneiderlin lunged at Mohamed Diame. Whilst the Frenchman was shown to win the ball on the television replay, Allardyce's complaints were aimed at the pace and nature of the lunging tackle.
Ravel Morrison had been handed his first Premier League start by the Hammers' boss, and seemed determined to catch the headlines. He let fly with a 25-yard strike that whistled narrowly over the crossbar of Artur Boruc's goal.
Southampton's flat first half performance however, did not carry into the second. A late return to the field of play saw the start of a positive spell for the Saints.
Victor Wanyama was first to try his luck, the Kenyan midfielder stinging the palms of Jussi Jaaskelainen with a volley from the edge of the penalty area early on. Wanyama started the second half with a visible eagerness to impress, following a lacklustre first half, during which he had proven to be slack in possession on numerous occasions.
The resulting corner took Southampton closer to a goal, as Lallana's curled corner met the head of Lambert, whose header thundered back off of the post.
Wanyama took aim again soon after, but the ball bounced off of the arm of West Ham defender James Collins. Southampton appealed for the penalty, but Marriner opted against the decision, with the ball spinning up off of the thigh of Collins before striking his arm.
It was Sam Allardyce who was to make the first substitution of the game, introducing new signing Razvan Rat in the place of Ivory Coast full-back Guy Demel.
Dani Osvaldo again worked himself into a shooting position, but when his shot was blocked, Schneiderlin was quick to the overhead kick, before Reid headed the effort behind for a corner.
West Ham's yellow card tally doubled soon after, with Mark Noble going into the book for a late challenge on Southampton's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren.
There was to be a third name in the book just after the hour mark, this time Southampton's Victor Wanyama earned himself a caution for his crunching tackle on Ravel Morrison, which sent the midfielder flying.
Jaaskelainen was to prove his worth once again, denying a great Schneiderlin volley which looked destined for the back of the net.
Allardyce made a second change, withdrawing the ineffectual Modibo Maiga in favour of introducing want-away Portuguese forward Ricardo Vaz Te.
Joey O'Brien then saw yellow for a nasty challenge on Jay Rodriguez with just twenty minutes of the match left to play.
Mauricio Pochettino made his first substitution after seventy-two minutes, opting to replace club captain Adam Lallana with James Ward-Prowse, the armband passing to Rickie Lambert in the process.
Dani Osvaldo was involved once again, as Southampton broke forward in search of a late winner. This time Rickie Lambert was teed up, but his curling effort from the left was patted behind by Jaaskelainen.
Luke Shaw broke down with cramp in his lower leg, forcing manager Pochettino to introduce fellow academy product Calum Chambers in his place. West Ham also opted to make their third substitution, introducing former Pompey winger Matt Taylor in the place of Ravel Morrison.
West Ham could've snatched victory at the death, but a cut-back could only find James Collins, whose attempt resembled something you would be expecting to see at Twickenham, rather than St. Mary's.
West Ham seeked a late winner, but back-to-back corners came to nothing, as the game petered out in the final stages.
The draw sees Southampton with five points from their opening four, providing them with the same results as the Irons.
It's now ten games since Pochettino's men scored more than once in a game, and the side are yet to score from open play this season.
Sam Allardyce viewed the point as "well-deserved", whilst Mark Noble commented on a "good result" for a West Ham side left without Joe Cole, Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing.
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