West Ham hammer sorry Saints 4-1
LONDON (AFP) - West Ham routed fellow English Premier League new boys Southampton 4-1 on Saturday thanks to a second-half goal blitz at Upton Park.
The Hammers have fared far better on their return to the top flight, despite the Saints finishing above them last season to take the second automatic promotion spot from the Championship.
After a dull first half, Mark Noble opened the scoring for West Ham in the 46th minute and Kevin Nolan added a second within two minutes.
Though Adam Lallana pulled one back for the visitors 63 minutes in, Noble scored his second from the penalty spot in the 72nd and late substitute Modibo Maiga completed the rout in the 87th minute.