- Tadic gives Saints lead
- Carroll scores winner off bench
- Hammers first win in 9
The win was West Ham’s first in nine matches.
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Southampton took the lead in the 13th minute, with Dusan Tadic grabbing his fifth goal of the season. Saints moved forward on the counter with Shane Long making an overlapping run on the left wing. Long played in a cross that found Tadic, who snuck between the West Ham defense to poke one home.
Saints dominated the first half but failed to find a second goal, which would come back to haunt them in the second half.
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Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini came on at halftime to give West Ham more options on the attack. The changes helped the side look more dangerous, although it took a bit of luck for the Hammers to draw level. Michail Antonio stormed into the box from the left wing, but stumbled as he went to take a shot. Southampton’s Victor Wanyama went to clear the danger, but his clearance hit the falling Antonio in the head and lobbed over Maarten Stekelenburg in goal. It wasn’t the prettiest, but it was Antonio’s first goal for the Hammers.
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The Hammers then took the lead in the 79th minute through the substitute Andy Carroll, with Michael Antonio involved again. Enner Valencia whipped in a cross, where Antonio’s header ripped off the crossbar. Carroll moved in on the rebound, with his header finding the back of the net to erase a halftime deficit and put West Ham ahead.
In a great second half, West Ham did get some bad news as Enner Valencia was forced off with what looked to be a knee injury. Valencia had just returned from injury and went down after planting his leg in the ground awkwardly, which could be a huge loss if the Ecuadorian is forced to miss more time.