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Saturday 30 August 2014 | Boleyn Ground | Referee: Mike Dean | Attendance 34,907

West Ham
  • Mark Noble (27)
West Ham
1 - 3
Southampton
  • Morgan Schneiderlin (45, 68)
  • Graziano Pellè (83)
Southampton

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Morgan Schneiderlin scored twice for Southampton as Ronald Koeman’s side came from behind to win 3-1 at West Ham United.

Mark Noble's deflected strike handed the hosts a scarcely deserved lead midway through the first half, only for Schneiderlin to level matters from inside the box just before the break.

Graziano Pelle thought he’d given Southampton the lead on the hour mark, only for his strike to be ruled out for offside, before Schneiderlin doubled his tally in the 68th minute.

Pelle did net his first Barclays Premier League goal late on to complete an excellent week for an ever-improving Southampton, who beat Millwall in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Barcelona midfielder Alex Song was introduced to the home fans before kick-off having agreed a season-long loan deal at the Boleyn Ground but the Cameroon international saw his new side start slowly.

Southampton dominated possession and had the first sight of goal, Dusan Tadic dragging a shot wide from the edge of the box inside the opening five minutes.

West Ham still looked to be suffering a hangover from their midweek penalty shoot-out loss to League One side Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup but after Ricardo Vaz Te was brilliantly denied by Fraser Forster, they took the lead against the run of play in fortuitous fashion.

Schneiderlin meekly surrendered possession in midfield and Noble was the beneficiary, picking up the loose ball before unleashing a long-range strike that took a heavy deflection off Maya Yoshida on its way past Forster in the 27th minute.

That made it four goals for the midfielder against Southampton in their last four visits to the Boleyn Ground.

Koeman's side responded well and Pelle threatened with a header that was cleared by the well-placed Aaron Cresswell, but there was no stopping Schneiderlin's effort on the stroke of half-time.

Schneiderlin collected a free-kick unmarked at the back post and, though his initial shot was blocked by Joey O'Brien, his curling follow-up nestled into the back of the net.

Shane Long tried his luck early in the second half but was brilliantly denied by Adrian as the goalkeeper dived to his left to tip a vicious effort past the post.

The Spaniard had to be alert again in the 52nd minute to keep out Tadic's dangerous attempt, with Pelle denied by an erroneous offside flag seven minutes later after heading home James Ward-Prowse's delivery.

The visitors were not to be denied, though, and Schneiderlin took advantage of West Ham's confusion as the home side debated the award of a corner, the 24-year-old tapping in Ward-Prowse's assist from close range.

Pelle grabbed the third seven minutes from time when Adrian could only parry Nathaniel Clyne's cross as Southampton celebrated a first league win of the campaign in style.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce: "We weren't good enough. Southampton taught us a lesson, we weren't sharp enough and didn't retain the ball as well as they did, close down as well as they did and gifted them two goals. As much as they were in control and on top of the game we've lost two very stupid goals from set-pieces.”

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "After they went 1-0 up it was difficult with the second ball because they played the long ball and long throw ins. We knew that but we didn't dominate it and luckily it was 1-1 near half-time and that gave us belief to play and play to win. That's what I liked in the second half - we played with pressing, deserved to win and scored some great goals.

"Morgan Schneiderlin is a great player and it's normal that we like to keep that kind of player in our squad. He was wonderful in midfield. He has great quality and I enjoyed it.”

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Line-up All Fans BFR
13. Adrián 8.0 6.09
2. Winston Reid 5.0 5.64
5. James Tomkins 6.0 5.81
3. Aaron Cresswell 6.0 5.68
17. Joey O'Brien 5.0 4.44
10. Mauro Zárate 6.0 5.14
8. Cheikhou Kouyaté 7.0 5.81
11. Stewart Downing 5.0 6.38
12. Ricardo Vaz Te 5.0 5.24
16. Mark Noble 6.5 6.09
24. Carlton Cole 8.0 5.81
Substitutes All Fans BFR
15. Diafra Sakho - 7.08
14. Ravel Morrison 6.0 6.0
23. Diego Poyet - 5.12
22. Jussi Jääskeläinen - 4.36
31. Enner Valencia 5.0 7.18
20. Guy Demel - 5.04
21. Mohamed Diamé - 6.03
Line-up All Fans BFR
23. Fraser Forster 6.57 5.98
2. Nathaniel Clyne 6.27 6.45
3. Maya Yoshida 5.75 4.97
6. Jose Fonte 7.44 6.01
21. Ryan Bertrand 6.13 6.1
4. Morgan Schneiderlin 8.3 6.42
16. James Ward-Prowse 6.75 6.34
8. Steven Davis 6.57 5.82
11. Dusan Tadic 8.7 7.41
19. Graziano Pellè 5.77 6.46
7. Shane Long 6.09 5.76
Substitutes All Fans BFR
24. Emmanuel Mayuka 4.25 5.63
12. Victor Wanyama 6.67 6.06
10. Gastón Ramírez 7.0 5.24
5. Florin Gardos 5.67 6.24
1. Kelvin Davis 7.0 4.86
26. Jos Hooiveld 5.5 2.93
18. Jack Cork 6.5 5.37

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