West Ham 4 Southampton 1

Yes, give yourself a clap Modibo. West Ham ran away with the win today, overcoming a dire first half in which they weren’t necessarily outplayed so much as they look entirely uninteresed in playing. We have a feeling Big Sam may have just let his squad know how displeased he was with the lack of effort at half time because the lads came out in cracking form for the second half. Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan were on the scoresheet two minutes apart only three minutes after the start of the second half. Southampton’s Adam Lallana scored a beauty in the 60th minute to get Hammer supporters heart racing but a little under ten minutes later Mark Noble added his second of the day from the penalty spot after Southampton’s Jose Fonte decided he’d like to have a tug at Andy Carroll’s mane. Then all that was left was for Modibo Maiga to come on and score a beauty, using a burst of pace to blast past two defenders and perfectly curve a shot behind former Celtic keeper, Artur Boruc. Yossi Benayoun got his first 90 minutes of play in and looked good, setting up Nolan’s tap in after breaking up a pass. All in all it was the kind of performance we’ve, as until late, been lacking sorely. But Big Sam rallied the troops and put a fire in their bellies and they went out and made it clear which side is Premier League quality and which side simply isn’t. Quite the exciting start to the season so far.


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