Southampton 3 – West Ham 2
Under Claude Puel, Southampton were not great at all to watch and many of their home games were seriously dire.
Under Mauricio Pellegrino there were fears after the first game, a 0-0 draw with Swansea, that this would continue at St Mary’s.
Especially as Pellegrino’s side at Alaves were not quite known for their swashbuckling football.
Chicharito at the double for the Hammers
The Saints looked to be heading to a comfortable home win thanks to Manolo Gabbiadini and Dusan Tadic scoring in the first half.
West Ham were down to 10 men with Marko Arnautovic receiving a straight red card to really leave Slaven Bilic’s side up against it.
Enter Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who is not a Manchester United legend and Mexico’s all-time top goal scorer for nothing.
Chicharito scored either side of half-time for West Ham to draw the 10-men level by the 74th minute.
Southampton win it on 93
Southampton’s man advantage undoubtedly told in the final minutes and the Saints grabbed their winner on 93.
Charlie Austin had been brought on with ten minutes remaining to find a winner.
After Maya Yoshida had been fouled in the box by Pablo Zabaleta, it was left to Austin to take the match winning penalty.
How Mark Noble helped Southampton beat West Ham
After the game, Austin explained the “gamesmanship” that was going on behind him as he stepped up to take the penalty.
Austin: “I was going to his right for the penalty, but then Noble said Hart knows where you are going, so I put it into the other side.”
Mark Noble did not start the West Ham loss at Manchester United but played the full 90 minutes at Southampton on Saturday.
Southampton fans will be chuffed at Noble’s impact on proceedings!
Charlie Austin explains how Mark Noble helped him score penalty – video
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 19, 2017