A superb brace by Felipe Anderson gave West Ham United a 2-1 comeback to win at Southampton in a pulsating Premier League match on Thursday
The result lifted West Ham to 9th spot in the table on 27 points from 19 games while Southampton stayed 16th on with 15 points. This is the first home defeat for Southampton in five matches and they are standing on edge of the relegation zone. Southampton’s revival under Ralph Hasenhüttl was brought to an abrupt halt on a night when Felipe Anderson delivered the sort of performance that suggests West Ham United have a new hero in their ranks. The Brazilian was outstanding as he scored twice in six minutes to turn this game on its head and extinguish any hopes Southampton had of putting some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
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West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini was delighted to see his team in the top half of the standings midway through the campaign after starting with four defeats.
He said – “We played a very good game from the first minute to win it and we were very balanced. We worked mostly in the opposition half and we defended very well. “December has been a good month for the team, not just for me, for the team. I think one of the most important things is that we play the same way away as at home.”