Southampton suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats after a disappointing 1-0 home loss to West Ham.
It was almost a nightmare start for Saints after Declan Rice headed home for West Ham from an offside position.
West Ham also felt that they should’ve had a penalty following risky challenges from Jan Bednarek and Ryan Bertrand but both were waved away.
The Hammers did take the lead in the 37th minute when Pablo Fornals knocked the ball back for Sebastien Haller who expertly finished.
The visitors had another goal chalked off just after the break when Michail Antonio found the back of the net but VAR disallowed it due to a handball.
Danny Ings had two great chances to equaliser but was denied by the crossbar with the first superb effort, before hitting the post with his second.
It was Southampton’s turn to have a goal ruled out after Ings struck a spectacular effort into the top corner but the whistle had already blown for what was a very soft foul.
This defeat leaves Southampton in the relegation zone on goal difference, and they face another pivotal match next weekend against Aston Villa who are the side directly above them.
Here’s how we rated the Southampton players:
Alex McCarthy: 7
McCarthy couldn’t do anything about the goal and did make a couple of great saves to keep the score down.
Cedric Soares: 4
Cedric put in a couple of decent crosses going forward but was often left exposed defensively with his flank providing a lot of joy for West Ham.
Jack Stephens: 5
It was a mixed evening for Stephens who had some effective defensive moments but was also culpable of making a few mistakes.
He was the more competent central defender for the second game running and there was one moment when he saw his name in lights but his effort skewed wide.
Jan Bednarek: 3
The whole defence was being run ragged by Antonio – especially Bednarek who struggled against the pace and power of the West Ham forward. This was arguably one of his worst performances in a Saints shirt.
Ryan Bertrand: 5
There were a couple of times in the first-half when a lack of communication between Bertrand and Redmond resulted in wasted opportunities.
He was also lucky not to give away a penalty but was probably the defender that got caught out the least.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: 5
Another player that had a mixed day with some good and some not so good moments in the middle of the park.
James Ward-Prowse: 5
A bit of a non-event for Ward-Prowse who didn’t offer too much from open play and his set pieces weren’t up to scratch either.
Moussa Djenepo: 5
In the first-half Djenepo didn’t offer too much offensively and was often very rash defensively. He improved after the break but was another one that lacked end product.
Nathan Redmond: 5
Redmond was sacrificed at half-time after a 45 minute period that saw some typical Redmond runs but without the quality at the end of them.
Shane Long: 6
Long offered an attacking outlet that was often lacking but didn’t really create a lot with it.
Danny Ings: 8
On another day, Ings could’ve had a hat-trick. He had a rather quiet opening 70 minutes but came to life late on by hitting both the crossbar and post as well as having a spectacular goal disallowed.
Oriol Romeu (sub): 5
I was somewhat surprised to see Romeu introduced at half-time when Saints needed a goal. He provided defensive cover that allowed other players to push forward but when he got into an attacking position himself, the decision making was often lacking.
Stuart Armstrong (sub): 5
Some nice link-up play but didn’t have too much of an impact on the game.
Che Adams (sub): N/A
Adams had just under five minutes to impress and had one chance after being played over the top but delayed his shot and was punished.