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2019-20 English Premier League
  • S├ębastian Haller (37')

West Ham's Haller ends goal drought to earn win at Southampton

A long-awaited goal by close-season signing Sebastien Haller earned West Ham United a crucial 1-0 win in a Premier League basement battle at Southampton to ease the pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Haller's well-taken goal in the 37th minute ended a 636-minute lean spell for the Frenchman and it proved enough for the Hammers to claim only their second league win since September and ease them up to 15th, four points above the drop zone.

West Ham also had a Michail Antonio effort ruled out by VAR for handball in the build-up shortly after halftime and rode their luck thereafter as Southampton finally began to threaten.

Danny Ings rattled a shot against the underside of the crossbar in the 70th minute.

Ings struck the woodwork again shotly after but had already been flagged offside while Jack Stephens sliced a good chance horribly wide as Southampton pressed.

A draw would have lifted Southampton out of the relegation zone but they they remain third from bottom with 15 points from 17 games, behind Aston Villa on goal difference.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 23 +39 67
2 Manchester City 24 +38 51
3 Leicester City 24 +28 48
4 Chelsea 24 +9 40
5 Manchester United 24 +7 34
6 Tottenham Hotspur 24 +6 34
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 +3 34
8 Sheffield United 24 +2 33
9 Southampton 24 -11 31
10 Arsenal 24 -2 30
11 Crystal Palace 24 -6 30
12 Everton 24 -7 30
13 Burnley 24 -10 30
14 Newcastle United 24 -12 30
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 24 -7 25
16 Aston Villa 24 -14 25
17 West Ham United 23 -11 23
18 AFC Bournemouth 24 -14 23
19 Watford 24 -15 23
20 Norwich City 24 -23 17