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Morgan Schneiderlin at the double as Southampton beat West Ham

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Morgan Schneiderlin was at the double as Southampton came from a goal behind to beat West Ham United 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday afternoon.

The Frenchman, who was linked with a move to Tottenham before the club said he was not leaving, capitalised on some uncharacteristically weak West Ham defending to level matters before half-time and again to put his side ahead.

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Graziano Pelle settled things late on with his first Premier League goal, following up his first for the Saints in midweek against Millwall with a neat half-volley into the unguarded net after good work from Nathaniel Clyne down the right.

Even first period

After a fairly poor opening 25 minutes, it was West Ham who broke the deadlock. After Mark Noble picked up possession from Schneiderlin, the Hammers captain was allowed to run ten yards before firing a shot which deflected off Maya Yoshida and past Fraser Forster.

The Hammers had threatened to take the lead just before when Ricardo Vaz Te saw his goalbound effort kept out by the legs of the England goalkeeper.

Southampton turned the tide as the half went on and got stronger as it reached its climax. After Dusan Tadic was fouled by Cheikhou Kouyate, the former sent across a wicked free-kick and it evaded everyone but Schneiderlin at the far post.

His first effort was blocked but he calmly stroked the rebound into the far corner with his left foot to send the teams in level at half-time.

Southampton dominance

The second half was a different affair to the first and Southampton dominated from start to finish. After Shane Long saw an effort saved by Adrian in the West Ham goal, Schneiderlin made it two after a short corner.

The ball was laid quickly to James Ward-Prowse by Tadic and before the home side had set-up, his cross found the Frenchman who tapped home at the near post.

With 18 shots to the Hammers' four, Southampton were in control and with just seven minutes of normal time to play, Pelle made it safe with Southampton's third.

Clyne was found down the right and his hard cross was pushed away by Adrian only as far as the Italian striker who controlled a half volley into the top of the net to send the Southampton fans into raptures as the points were sealed.

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Southampton player ratings

Forster - 7
Clyne - 8
Fonte - 7
Yoshida - 7
Bertrand - 7
Schneiderlin - 9 MOM
Davis - 7
Ward-Prowse - 8
Tadic - 8
Long - 7
Pelle - 8

Subs
Cork - 7
Ramirez - 6

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