The unhappy Hammers remain in the bottom three after yet more woeful
defending saw them slip to a fifth defeat in six Premier League matches.
Just to rub West Ham's noses in it the man who set Saints on their way was
Austin, the player Hammers co-owner David Sullivan once claimed that he did not
try to sign because of his injury record.
But Austin did not look like a player who has no ligaments in his knee – as
it was said back then – when he opened the scoring five minutes before
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fg The striker then set up Dusan Tadic to tuck away the second and
James Ward-Prowse added the gloss to give Southampton a first away win of the
season and leave West Ham in near meltdown.
The Hammers are confident that some good performances on the pitch will ease
some of the resentment in the stands caused by their move from Upton Park to the
London Stadium – but this was no way to go about it.
In a dismal first half Simone Zaza, yet to score since his summer switch from
Juventus, and Michail Antonio both fired tamely wide.
Having soaked up what little pressure West Ham threw at them, Saints simply
wandered down the other end of the field and opened the scoring with their first
shot on target.
16 purecontrol red The Hammers, who conceded eight goals in their
previous two league outings, allowed Ryan Bertrand to collect Tadic's pass as he
raced inside makeshift right-back Havard Nordtveit and cut the ball back for
Austin to slot home.
black The visitors could have increased their lead before half-time
but Adrian saved Nathan Redmond's drive at his near post and Cedric Soares fired
into the sidenetting.
Zaza's frustration continued when, having been denied what he felt was a
penalty in the first half, was booked for a dive after tumbling under Oriol
Romeu's challenge in the area.
Then, in the 62nd minute, more shambolic defending saw Winston Reid and
Cheikhou Kouyate lose the ball between them, allowing Austin to slip in Tadic
who stepped around the onrushing Adrian before rolling the ball into an empty
legend white West Ham belatedly rallied and had another penalty
claim turned down when Sofiane Feghouli's shot hit Bertrand's hand, while Zaza's
effort was legitimately cleared off the line by the defender.
soccer shoes But in stoppage time Redmond and Steven Davis combined
to set up sub Ward-Prowse, and prompt a mass exodus of Hammers fans.
Those who did stay until the end made their feelings known on another
miserable afternoon at their new home.