West Ham co-chairman David Gold praises players for 'hard-fought' draw with Southampton

The Hammers were playing at one point with nine men and Jussi Jaaskelainen in goal.

West Ham earned a hard fought draw with Champions League chasing Southampton at St Mary's yesterday evening. The Hammers drew the game 0-0 against a Saints side who are currently in a great run of form and they did so with, for a larger period of the game, just nine able bodied players on the pitch.

The problems started for West Ham when goalkeeper Adrian handled the ball outside the area. Jussi Jaaskelainen replaced him but it also meant West Ham were without any other substitutes.

Andy Carroll entered the fray in the 55th minute of the game but picked up a knee injury later on which saw him limp around the pitch for the rest of the game. The England international left the South Coast on crutches and the character West Ham showed to pull through in the game was phenomenal.

That was a fact that did not escape the West Ham co-chairman David Gold. He took to his official Twitter page yesterday to pay tribute to the brave West Ham players for their performance.

He wrote:

West Ham's next game is against West Brom in the FA Cup this Saturday. They will be hoping to finish that game with at least 11 players left on the field.

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