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Haller gives West Ham victory at Southampton

14 Dec 2019
Southampton v West Ham United

First-half goal by Frenchman earns Manuel Pellegrini's side a narrow victory at St Mary's Stadium

Sebastien Haller's fifth goal of the season gave West Ham United a 1-0 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s.

Haller scored the decisive goal on 37 minutes when he volleyed a shot in off the post after Pablo Fornals had nodded back Robert Snodgrass's cross.

The Hammers controlled the first half, and almost added a second after the restart with Fornals testing Alex McCarthy.

Michail Antonio thought that he had doubled West Ham's lead on 52 minutes but, with the help of VAR, the match officials confirmed a handball prior to his shot.

Southampton almost equalised on 70 minutes when Danny Ings hit the crossbar, while another effort was ruled out for a foul.

Premier League

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
15 BHA 38 -15 41
16 WHU 38 -13 39
17 AVL 38 -26 35
18 BOU 38 -25 34

A fifth win of the season moves West Ham up to 15th place with 19 points.

A successive defeat for Southampton leaves them in the bottom three.

See: Southampton report | West Ham report

Next fixtures

Southampton: 21 Dec v Aston Villa (A)
West Ham: 26 Dec v Crystal Palace (A)

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