West Ham’s victory over Southampton has come at a cost, with the Hammers likely to be without a number of key performers for their upcoming meeting with Crystal Palace.
Haller decides it
Manuel Pellegrini’s men visited fellow strugglers Southampton at St. Mary’s yesterday evening, for a crucial Premier League clash.
The two sides headed into proceedings separated by just a point and a place in the English top-flight table, with the hosts having occupied the final relegation spot.
As such, both clubs were aware ahead of kick-off that a 3-point haul could well prove paramount in their respective fights against the drop.
And, when all was said and done, it was West Ham who emerged victorious.
A solitary Sebastien Haller strike shortly before the interval eventually proved the difference between the sides, as the Hammers climbed above Aston Villa, and level with both Bournemouth and Brighton in the Premier League table.
Highlights: Southampton 0-1 West Ham
West Ham’s personnel problems
An otherwise positive evening’s work for West Ham, though, was soured somewhat by a couple of blows on the personnel front.
First, Ryan Fredericks picked up his 5th booking of the Premier League season.
As a result, the stopper will now be forced to sit out a one-match ban, set to come versus Crystal Palace.
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In addition, with minutes remaining at St. Mary’s, Irons goalkeeper David Martin pulled up with an injury problem, after launching a goal-kick into the Southampton half.
Speaking on the back of his side’s victory, Manuel Pellegrini was drawn on Martin’s issue, with the West Ham boss having confirmed that the backup shot-stopper picked up a muscle injury.
This will come as a major source of concern for the capital outfit, with no.1 Lukasz Fabianski already sidelined with a long-term problem of his own, and Roberto having majorly struggled when called upon so far this season.
On Martin’s chances of featuring versus Crystal Palace on December 26th, Pellegrini explained:
Pellegrini confirms David Martin muscle injury. “We will see tomorrow with the doctor how bad it is, but we now have 12 days to recover. It is exactly the same injury as Lukasz Fabianski [sustained at Bournemouth]. I hope it’s not quite as bad.” #WHUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) December 15, 2019