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Sport West Ham's Haller ends goal drought to earn win at Southampton

00:17  15 december  2019
00:17  15 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Sebastien Haller ' s fifth goal of the season gave West Ham United a 1-0 victory over Southampton at St Mary’ s . Haller scored the decisive goal on 37 minutes when he volleyed a shot in off the post after Pablo Fornals had nodded back Robert Snodgrass' s cross. The Hammers controlled the first half, and

Whether this precious victory is sufficient for Manuel Pellegrini to hold on to his job remains to be seen but West Ham held their nerve to record a second win since September. Sébastien Haller scored his first goal since October to hoist West Ham up to 15th, six points below fifth-placed Sheffield United.

West Ham United's Sebastien Haller celebrates scoring their first goal with Robert Snodgrass.© REUTERS/Chris Radburn West Ham United's Sebastien Haller celebrates scoring their first goal with Robert Snodgrass. A long-awaited goal by close-season signing Sebastien Haller earned West Ham United a crucial 1-0 win in a Premier League basement battle at Southampton to ease the pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Haller's well-taken goal in the 37th minute ended a 636-minute lean spell for the Frenchman and it proved enough for the Hammers to claim only their second league win since September and push them up to 15th, four points above the drop zone.

Southampton were devoid of inspiration during a dreadful first half for the hosts and remain in the relegation places, third from bottom.

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West Ham beat Southampton in Saturday' s late game after Liverpool win , second-placed Leicester draw and Chelsea are beaten by Bournemouth. Haller earns West Ham much-needed victory at Southampton . Second-placed Leicester held to 1-1 draw by Norwich.

West Ham beat Southampton in Saturday' s late game after Liverpool win , second-placed Leicester draw and Chelsea are beaten by Bournemouth. Haller earns West Ham much-needed victory at Southampton . Second-placed Leicester held to 1-1 draw by Norwich. Result means Liverpool 10

West Ham had lost five of their last six games to drop into the relegation battle but striker Haller's first goal since Oct. 5 earned them some breathing space.

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West Ham have dropped 12 points from winning positions in 2019-20, equalling their total last season - only Aston Villa, with 13, have a worse record in the current campaign. The Londoners have lost just one of their seven Premier League games with Lukasz Fabianski starting in goal this season but have

West Ham United (4-3-2-1) Martin; Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Rice, Snodgrass; Antonio, Fornals; Haller . Their recent form is desperate, with seven defeats in the last nine games, whereas Southampton have improved since that 9-0 shambles against Leicester.

"Both teams had little confidence and that showed," Haller, who impressed initially after arriving from Eintracht Frankfurt for AU$87 million, said. "It was so important that we got the three points today.

"It was a massive win. It's been a while since I scored, it was a really important one. I don't score a lot with my left foot."

West Ham were much sharper in the first half and Declan Rice headed the ball into the net after two minutes only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.

Drought assistance for SA farmers

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Manuel Pellegrini is clinging on to his job at West Ham , but defeat here, and a potential tumble into the bottom three, would surely signal the end . The manager has to get his forward line firing again, and could recall Sébastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko.

West Ham United have already made moves to sound out potential candidates to replace Manuel Pellegrini in Manuel Pellegrini' s time at West Ham could be over is his side lose to Southampton on Saturday Credit Sebastien Haller , West Ham ' s record signing, sums up the club' s season so far

They deservedly took the lead in the 37th-minute when Robert Snodgrass's chip was knocked down by Pablo Fornals to Haller who swept the bouncing ball home via the post.

The visitors thought they made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute when the industrious Michail Antonio powered on to a Fornals flick to fire home but referee Martin Atkinson disallowed the goal for handball against Antonio after consulting VAR.

"I think I'm going to cut my hands off," Antonio told Sky Sports. "It is like they are magnets or something."

The let-off galvanised Southampton. Danny Ings rattled a shot against the underside of the crossbar in the 70th minute, then hit the post with another effort, although the flag was already raised.

Ings then slammed home a superb effort from 25 metres into the top corner but the goal was ruled out for an infringement.

Jack Stephens sliced a good chance horribly wide as Southampton pressed in vain. They remain third from bottom with 15 points from 17 games, behind Aston Villa on goal difference.

"To stay in the league we need to win these home wins against these type of opponents," Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said. "I saw a team fighting until the end and fighting to turn the tables but it was not possible for us."

As farmers struggle with the drought, regional businesses are struggling too .
It's been three years since NSW had a decent harvest and the Lees family are scraping by week-to-week as work for their trucking business becomes harder to find."There's always someone worse off and everyone is doing it tough," Hayley Lees told 7.30.

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