Sebastien Haller’s goal was his first in nine games

West Ham claimed a deserved win at relegation rivals Southampton in a game which could ease some pressure on Manuel Pellegrini.

Sebastien Haller scored the only goal with a sweet strike from Pablo Fornals’ knock-down in the first half.

The Hammers – who had a strong penalty appeal turned down by the video assistant referee – thought they had doubled their lead through Michail Antonio but his goal was ruled out by the VAR for handball.

Saints improved after the break – and Danny Ings hit the woodwork twice, although the offside flag had gone up for one of them, and then had a goal ruled out for a Moussa Djenepo foul.

Southampton – whose manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is also under pressure – remain in the relegation zone, with the Hammers now four points clear in 15th place.

More to follow.

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