Southampton 1-2 West Ham United: Felipe Anderson bags brace as much-changed Hammers come from behind to beat Saints


Southampton 1-2 West Ham United: Felipe Anderson bags brace as much-changed Hammers come from behind to beat Saints

A six-minute second-half brace from Felipe Anderson sunk a resurgent Southampton as West Ham broke into the Premier League’s top ten with a 2-1 victory at St Mary’s.

The Brazilian’s quick-fire goals cancelled out Nathan Redmond’s bundled finish as the Hammers fought back well.

Anderson has been a revelation since joining the Hammers in the summer

If Anderson’s angled drive for his first looked tidy, his imperious match-winning finish to cap a two-pass counter-attack blitz proved very easy on the eye.

The accomplished 25-year-old now has eight goals and two assists for the Premier League season: amid the post-Christmas malaise his was a performance of unrivalled poise and precision.

Ralph Hasenhuttl tasted defeat for the first time as Southampton manager, his manful Saints unable to string together three league wins.

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini will have been delighted to tiptoe home with all three points, especially given his injury-hit squad was so threadbare he could only fill six of the seven substitute berths.