Southampton v West Ham: Premier League – live!

Hello. It is, of course, far too soon for Southampton’s board to start congratulating themselves on making a very wise decision when they replaced Mark Hughes with Ralph Hasenhuttl earlier this month. While there are signs of optimism returning at St Mary’s, there’s no point anyone getting carried away just yet. There’s still a relegation dogfight to win, after all, and it could go either way. But with Hughes out the door, it does feel like things are starting to move in the right direction. Hasenhuttl has introduced himself to the city by handing out free beer to supporters, Southampton are scoring again and consecutive wins over Arsenal and Huddersfield have lightened the mood. After the gloom of the Hughes regime, perhaps we can forgive them a celebratory moment or two.

After all they’ll move six points above the bottom three if they can make it three wins in a row tonight. Hasenhuttl, who’s famed for his hard-running philosophy, is already already making a positive impact and his new side will look to make a fast start against West Ham, who don’t tend to do very well on this ground. If Southampton play like they when they beat Arsenal here recently, the man known as the Alpine Klopp will be well on his way to becoming the toast of the town.

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