Why Hammers produced one of their best performances this season against Southampton

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West Ham deserve massive credit for the way they battled to a point, playing with nine men at one point against Southampton.

West Ham United battled their way to a 0-0 draw against Southampton last night, which was arguably one of their best performances of the season.

It won’t be the best exhibition of football Sam Allardyce’s side will even produce, but the sending off of goalkeeper Adrian and a late injury for Andy Carroll left the Hammers numerically disadvantaged at key points.

Adrian was sent off for handing outside his area, while the Daily Mail reported that Carroll left the ground on crutches.

Adrian’s red card came on the hour mark, which left West Ham under heavy pressure during the last half an hour of the game.

Southampton are a side that like to dominate possession and control matches from midfield, which meant West Ham had to dig deep and show their resilient and fighting qualities to grind out a result and to get a point.

Other sides could well have folded under the pressure but the Hammers deserve credit for the way they kept going, especially when Carroll was left limping around the pitch, which effectively left the side with only nine men.

Perhaps there was a little bit of injustice at the red card shown to Adrian with Allardyce telling the BBC he thought the ‘keeper was fouled.

That would have inspired the team to up their game, work harder for each other and ensure that Southampton didn’t benefit from a decision, which created feelings of injustice within the West Ham team.

West Ham showed last weekend against Manchester United that they can compete and play good football against the biggest sides in the Premier League and the game last night showed they can also scrap for points against the best teams.

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