West Ham United fought their way to a 0-0 draw against Southampton.
West Ham United battled their way to a point against Southampton last night in a very different performance from the game against Manchester United last weekend.
Here are five things we learned from the way the Hammers played last night.
You can’t fault the resilience that West Ham showed last night. They battled in the face of adversity to ensure that they got a point against a side, which could be playing in the Champions League next season.
A good sense of team spirit
The team spirit also looked very good last night, which would have been strengthened over the closing stages of the match by the red card shown to Adrian. It’s an important aspect of the club, which must be maintained over the next few weeks.
Kouyate continues to impress at centre back
Cheik Kouyate was used in the middle of West Ham’s defence for a second game in a row. There are sometimes little bits of evidence that he’s not used to the role, but he did a decent job, especially when West Ham were under a lot of pressure.
Fitness worries for Carroll
Striker Andy Carroll was hobbling towards the end of the game and left the ground on crutches, as reported by the Daily Mail. The severity of the injury is yet to be confirmed by the club, but it will be a blow if he’s kept out for an extended period.
Improvements away from home
West Ham lost their away game at Liverpool before last night and showed an instant improvement against Southampton, which is another plus point for the side looking ahead to more difficult away games.