David Moyes received some criticism for taking a cautious approach in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Brighton, but it was one which was justified here as we took a point back to London.
We had conceded five goals in two games prior to our trip to St Mary’s, but we effectively nullified the Saints threat as both Adams and Ings were caught offside in the hosts’ best early openings.
Watford loanee Craig Dawson partnered Angelo Ogbonna in defence for his first Hammers league start – one of five changes made by Moyes, who deployed Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko either side of Sebastien Haller in attack.
We initially struggled to create opportunities of our own, fashioning two rare first-half openings with Fredericks’ saved header and Lanzini’s strike over the bar.
But we produced a much improved second-half display, which saw the return of forward Michail Antonio from injury and almost ended with Benrahma sealing all three points.
This was an important point for us to ensure we remain in touch with Southampton and the rest of the Premier League’s top half. That is a sign of encouraging progress for our lads, who were hovering above the relegation places at this same stage last season.
“I’d have to say yes [I’m happy with a point]. We barely had a kick for 15 minutes, Southampton were very good. I thought we grew into the game in the second half and arguably had the best chance of the game. It was good to get Michail [Antonio] back. We have perhaps not played as well as we would like to in recent games but the players who have come in have done great. I want competition for places.”West Ham manager David Moyes