Southampton 3 West Ham United 2: Charlie Austin breaks visitors' hearts with injury-time winner

Nick Szczepanik
The Telegraph
Charlie Austin scores from the spot in the 93rd minute at St Mary's - PA
Charlie Austin scores from the spot in the 93rd minute at St Mary's - PA

Two teams who had failed to hit the net on the Premier League’s opening weekend served up a five-goal farrago of errors, idiocy and instinct at St Mary’s on Saturday. Southampton, in fact, had not managed to score at home in their previous six games, but lamentable defending by West Ham handed them a two-goal lead, and a reckless red-card offence by Marko Arnautovic gave them a man advantage.

 Two goals from  Javier Hernandez drew West Ham level  and showed why Slaven Bilic paid Bayer Leverkusen £16 million to secure the Mexico and former Manchester United striker’s services. But Southampton substitute Charlie Austin broke East London hearts with an injury-time winner from the penalty spot.

 West Ham might have known it was to be one of those afternoons when Winston Reid was ruled out with a calf injury during the pre-match warm-up, and their defence was at fault after 11 minutes when Nathan Redmond was allowed too much time to play Manolo Gabbiadini in on the left of the penalty area. He drove the ball low across Joe Hart before former Saints captain Jose Fonte could lumber across to stop him. 

<span>Javier Hernández celebrates scoring the second-half equaliser for West Ham&nbsp;</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images </span>
Javier Hernández celebrates scoring the second-half equaliser for West Ham  Credit: Getty Images

Arnautovic shot narrowly wide and saw a diving header saved by Fraser Forster before he was laid out by the elbow of Mario Lemina. That may have riled the Austrian into an ugly challenge on Jack Stephens after 33 minutes, leading with his elbow and catching the Saints defender in the neck. Arnautovic was the only person shocked when referee Lee Mason produced a red card.  

Five minutes later, West Ham were 2-0 behind. Steven Davis was brought down just inside the area by a combination of Fonte and Reid’s replacement, Angelo Ogbonna. It was another easy decision for Mr Mason, but Tadic made hard work of the penalty, shooting in off Hart’s legs.

<span>Southampton maintained their unbeaten start to the season</span> <span>Credit: Matt Watson&nbsp;/Getty Images </span>
Southampton maintained their unbeaten start to the season Credit: Matt Watson /Getty Images

 Most would have bet on a West Ham collapse, but instead they halved the deficit when the excellent Michail Antonio squirmed past Oriol Romeu and shot hard and low with his left foot. Forster could only parry and Hernandez was on to the rebound to score. 

And Hernadez levelled in the 74th minute when substitute Diafra Sakho’s header from Aaron Cresswell’s cross came back off Forster and the crossbar.

Southampton 2 - 1 West Ham (Chicharito, 45 min)

 A draw seemed certain until Pablo Zabaleta pushed Maya Yoshida as he went for a James Ward-Prowse cross, and Austin rolled in from the spot.  

“When the referee makes a decision for you, as in this case, you are happy,” Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino said. “When it’s against you, you ­suffer.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said: “Of course we are gutted that we lost a point, but we gained a lot of things. We showed character and quality to play with 10 men for such a long time.”

6:17PM

Full time: Leicester 2-0 Brighton

The final whistle blows at King Power Stadium.

6:17PM

Average touch positions (full time)

Average touch positions (full time)

4:56PM

GOAL!

Burnley up against it now - Hal Robson-Kanu makes it 0-2 to West Brom.

Burnley 0 - 2 West Brom (Hal Robson-Kanu, 71 min)

4:56PM

Full time: Burnley 0-1 West Brom

It's all over at Turf Moor.

4:55PM

Average touch positions (full time)

Average touch positions (full time)

4:55PM

Red card! Hal Robson-Kanu sent off for West Brom

Referee Martin Atkinson gives Hal Robson-Kanu his marching orders.

4:55PM

GOAL!

0-1. Hal Robson-Kanu has opened the scoring for West Brom.

Burnley 0 - 1 West Brom (Hal Robson-Kanu, 71 min)

4:25PM

It's been a mismatch at Turf Moor so far

Burnley are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to six from West Brom so far.

Burnley vs West Brom shots on goal

4:13PM

GOAL!

Harry Maguire has doubled Leicester's lead - it's now 2-0.

Leicester 2 - 0 Brighton (Harry Maguire, 54 min)

4:03PM

Second half: Southampton 2-1 West Ham

The action restarts at St. Mary's Stadium.

4:03PM

Second half: Leicester 1-0 Brighton

We're back under way at King Power Stadium.

4:03PM

Second half: Burnley 0-0 West Brom

The action restarts at Turf Moor.

4:02PM

Second half: Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

We're back under way at Vitality Stadium.

3:49PM

Average touch positions (half time)

Average touch positions (half time)

3:49PM

Half time: Southampton 2-1 West Ham

The teams head in at the break at St. Mary's Stadium.

3:49PM

Average touch positions (half time)

Average touch positions (half time)

3:48PM

Half time: Leicester 1-0 Brighton

The teams head in at the break at King Power Stadium.

3:48PM

Half time: Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

The half-time whistle blows at Vitality Stadium.

3:48PM

Average touch positions (half time)

Average touch positions (half time)

3:47PM

Average touch positions (half time)

Average touch positions (half time)

3:47PM

Half time: Burnley 0-0 West Brom

The half-time whistle blows at Turf Moor.

3:45PM

GOAL!

Chicharito has halved the deficit for West Ham and it's now 2-1.

Southampton 2 - 1 West Ham (Chicharito, 45 min)

3:42PM

The shot count is similar

Bournemouth and Watford are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in five shots to the hosts' four.

Bournemouth vs Watford shots on goal

3:41PM

The shot count is similar

Burnley have attempted six shots so far, compared to three for West Brom.

Burnley vs West Brom shots on goal

3:38PM

Brighton attack yet to make much of an impression

The visitors haven't yet managed to apply some concerted pressure on the Leicester backline.

Leicester vs Brighton

3:38PM

GOAL!

Southampton have doubled their lead, and it's Dusan Tadic with the goal to make it 2-0.

Southampton 2 - 0 West Ham (Dusan Tadic, 38 min)

3:33PM

Red card! Marko Arnautovic sent off for West Ham

Referee Lee Mason gives Marko Arnautovic his marching orders.

3:31PM

Neither side able to dictate the game so far

Bournemouth having more of the ball so far, with 202 touches to 181 from Watford.

Bournemouth vs Watford

3:28PM

Burnley are dominating the ball so far

Burnley are letting the ball do the work - they've had 204 touches compared to just 114 for West Brom.

Burnley vs West Brom

3:16PM

Neither Burnley or West Brom are testing the goalkeepers so far

Tense opening quarter of an hour at Turf Moor, as Burnley and West Brom struggle to get shots on goal

Burnley vs West Brom shots on goal

3:13PM

Brighton respond

The visitors have their first shot of the game, in reply to three so far from Leicester.

Leicester vs Brighton shots on goal

3:11PM

GOAL!

Manolo Gabbiadini strikes early to open the scoring - it's 1-0 to Southampton.

Southampton 1 - 0 West Ham (Manolo Gabbiadini, 11 min)

3:11PM

Southampton hit back

Southampton register their first shot, in response to two so far from West Ham.

Southampton vs West Ham shots on goal

3:10PM

Burnley have their first strike at goal

Burnley respond to the earlier West Brom effort with their first shot of the game.

Burnley vs West Brom shots on goal

3:06PM

Bournemouth have their first strike at goal

Bournemouth respond to the earlier Watford effort with their first shot of the game.

Bournemouth vs Watford shots on goal

3:02PM

GOAL!

An early opener from Shinji Okazaki makes it 1-0 to Leicester.

Leicester 1 - 0 Brighton (Shinji Okazaki, 1 min)

3:00PM

Kick off: Burnley vs West Brom

We're under way at Turf Moor.

3:00PM

Kick off: Leicester vs Brighton

We're under way at King Power Stadium.

3:00PM

Kick off: Bournemouth vs Watford

We're under way at Vitality Stadium.

3:00PM

Kick off: Southampton vs West Ham

The action gets started at St. Mary's Stadium.

2:13PM

Burnley v West Brom team news

Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Mee, Tarkowski, Ward, Gudmundsson, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Brady, Vokes.
Subs: Taylor, Barnes, Westwood, Walters, Long, Pope, Arfield. 

West Brom: Foster, Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Brunt, Barry, Phillips, Field, Livermore, McClean, Rodriguez.
Subs: Robson-Kanu, Rondon, Myhill, Chadli, Harper, Leko, Kane Wilson. 

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire) 

2:12PM

Bournemouth v Watford

AFC Bournemouth: Begovic, Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Ake, Daniels, Fraser, Surman, Arter, Ibe, King, Afobe.
Subs: Boruc, Gosling, Pugh, Brad Smith, Defoe, Mings, Mousset. 

Watford: Gomes, Femenia, Prodl, Britos, Holebas, Cleverley,  Doucoure, Chalobah, Amrabat, Gray, Richarlison.
Subs: Deeney, Hughes, Watson, Kabasele, Capoue, Pantilimon, Okaka. 

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

2:04PM

Southampton v West Ham team news

Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Davis, Tadic, Redmond, Gabbiadini.
Subs: Long, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Bednarek, McQueen. 

West Ham: Hart, Zabaleta, Reid, Fonte, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Ayew, Antonio, Arnautovic, Hernandez.
Subs: Adrian, Obiang, Sakho, Ogbonna, Byram, Masuaku, Fernandes. 

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire) 

2:03PM

Leicester v Brighton team news

Leicester:Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.
Subs: Chilwell, Gray, King, Hamer, Amartey, Ulloa, Slimani. 

Brighton: Ryan, Saltor, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner, March, Propper, Stephens, Murphy, Gross, Murray.
Subs: Bong, Hunemeier, Skalak, Hemed, Knockaert, Maenpaa, Rosenior. 

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire) 

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