Southampton v Southampton: Who scores?
A late Southampton goal gives Southampton the lead over West Ham at St Mary’s, but it is Southampton’s defence that will take the lead when they meet up with Arsenal in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.
It is the Saints’ best goalkeeping display of the season and it gives the Gunners their first away win of the campaign.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Graziano Pelle’s angled pass from the left-hand side found the path of Pelle, who fed the unmarked Alvaro Morata for the opener.
It was a smart move by the Saints and it worked well.
It set up a brilliant moment for Morata, who took a cross from Grazio and volleyed it into the top corner, allowing his team to push forward and claim the lead.
After the interval Southampton began to push the tempo and, when Morata crossed for a header, the Saints were able to get a second goal of the match.
The Italian was denied by goalkeeper David Stockdale and his shot from just inside the box bounced off the crossbar and into the net.
Morata then scored again as he played a perfectly timed pass across the box, which found Anthony Martial for his third goal of 2016.
The midfielder then doubled the lead in the 81st minute when he latched onto a free kick and beat Stockdale to the ball.
The goal gave Southampton a three-goal lead and they held on to claim a 1-0 win.
With the tie at 1-1, Southampton have now won the Premier League twice in succession.
It means they are now the most successful team in the top flight this season.
West Ham have lost just one of their last five away games, and have scored just twice in the last five Premier League matches.
The Hammers are in danger of missing out on a top-four finish in the Premier league as they are tied with Arsenal and Chelsea for the most points in the competition, but their home form is improving.
With two wins in four games, they sit third in the table and their two-game winning run is only the second longer in the league.