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2019-20 English Premier League
  • Sébastien 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 Manchester City 27 +39 65
2 Manchester United 27 +21 51
3 Leicester City 27 +15 50
4 West Ham United 26 +9 45
5 Chelsea 26 +16 44
6 Liverpool 26 +13 43
7 Everton 25 +5 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 25 +14 39
9 Aston Villa 25 +11 39
10 Arsenal 26 +7 37
11 Leeds United 26 -1 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 -9 34
13 Crystal Palace 27 -14 34
14 Southampton 26 -13 30
15 Burnley 27 -16 29
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 -7 26
17 Newcastle United 26 -17 26
18 Fulham 26 -11 23
19 West Bromwich Albion 26 -35 17
20 Sheffield United 27 -27 14