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The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.
Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line.
Dejan Lovren manages to make a clearance.
Nathaniel Clyne is adjudged to have handled the ball.
Mohamed Diame fouled by Nathaniel Clyne, the ref awards a free kick.
Free kick taken by James Collins.
Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse from the left by-line.
Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse.
Clearance by Dejan Lovren.
Mark Noble produces a cross.
Centre by Ricardo Vaz Te.
The ball is delivered by Matthew Taylor.
Mohamed Diame challenges Jose Fonte unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Jose Fonte takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.
Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Fonte.
Calum Chambers joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke Shaw.
Mohamed Diame produces a cross.
Rickie Lambert has an effort at goal. Jussi Jaaskelainen parries the ball away.
James Ward-Prowse on for Adam Lallana.
Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
Unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by Joey O'Brien results in a free kick.
Modibo Maiga goes off and Ricardo Vaz Te comes on.
Morgan Schneiderlin has an effort at goal. Jussi Jaaskelainen parries the ball away.
Victor Wanyama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ravel Morrison.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Noble on Dejan Lovren.
Victor Wanyama takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Mohamed Diame.
Razvan Rat on for Guy Demel.
Morgan Schneiderlin has an effort at goal. Pablo Osvaldo takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
Luke Shaw makes a clearance.
Morgan Schneiderlin takes the free kick.
Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama.
Morgan Schneiderlin sends in a cross.
Kevin Nolan is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
Nathaniel Clyne manages to make a clearance.
Guy Demel manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Fonte on Winston Reid.
Header at goal by Rickie Lambert strikes the woodwork.
Winston Reid makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgan Schneiderlin on Mark Noble.
The second half kicks off.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
Shot by Modibo Maiga missed to the left of the target.
Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.
James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Victor Wanyama on Mohamed Diame, free kick awarded.
Jose Fonte makes a clearance.
Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Victor Wanyama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Lallana.
James Collins makes a clearance.
Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.
Mark Noble restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Joey O'Brien by Jay Rodriguez results in a free kick.
Free kick crossed by Adam Lallana.
Rickie Lambert fouled by Guy Demel, the ref awards a free kick.
Morgan Schneiderlin challenges Joey O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick taken by Dejan Lovren.
Mohamed Diame is cautioned.
Mohamed Diame concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Lallana.
Mark Noble manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis.
Winston Reid manages to make a clearance.
Nathaniel Clyne sends in a cross.
The ball is crossed by Luke Shaw.
Morgan Schneiderlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame.
Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.
Foul by Ravel Morrison on Rickie Lambert, free kick awarded.
Clearance made by Guy Demel.
Dejan Lovren challenges Mohamed Diame unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Pablo Osvaldo takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jussi Jaaskelainen parries the effort to safety.
Shot by Jay Rodriguez. Ravel Morrison gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis.
The ball is swung over by Mark Noble.
Mohamed Diame takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Artur Boruc fumbles the ball.
Clearance made by James Collins.
Clearance by Luke Shaw.
Rickie Lambert concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey O'Brien.
Mohamed Diame handles the ball and concedes a free kick.
Clearance by James Collins.
Matthew Jarvis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Fonte.
The match has kicked off.
Pochettino prepared for tough clash
Mauricio Pochettino wants Southampton to stick to their own philosophy rather than be drawn into a physical duel with West Ham on Sunday.
Much has been made of the free-flowing, pressing football introduced by the Argentinian after his arrival in January.
That tactic was effective towards the end of last season but has not quite worked so well this Barclays Premier League campaign, with only one league win to their name so far.
Saints' next opponents are West Ham and Pochettino knows exactly what they are coming up against this Sunday.
"From the three games we have seen, we can tell they are a physically strong team," said Pochettino, whose only injury concern is left-back Danny Fox (ankle).
"They play a very simple but very direct type of football. It is very effective for them.
"They have very good players and play in a very determined or particular way.
"That suits them so we need to prepare to suffer in certain moments of the game against them.
"But, like I always say, what we will always try to do is impose the way that we play and try to match them strength for strength."
Against such a direct team, Pochettino could be forgiven for being relieved to avoid coming up against imposing frontman Andy Carroll.
The England international has not played since completing a club-record summer move to the Upton Park club, with a foot injury this week the latest blow.
Pochettino, though, would rather be facing a West Ham side including Carroll.
"There are other players as well that bring that strength to their side," he said.
"As a manager, I am never happy when an opposing player is not able to play, when he is suffering on the sidelines.
"It is never good to see that. You always want to see the best players playing and I hope he recovers very well, very soon."
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce maintains he will always look to play to the strengths of his team, no matter who is leading the line.
The Irons head to Southampton without Carroll once again, and will be for some time as the 24-year-old aims to recover from a foot injury suffered just as he was set for a return after an Achilles problem.
Allardyce brought in veteran Croatian international Mladen Petric as cover ahead of the transfer deadline, but he is not yet match fit, meaning Mali frontman Modibo Maiga and captain Kevin Nolan are set to provide the main attacking outlets at St Mary's Stadium, where West Ham will aim to recover from the disappointing home loss to Stoke before the international break.
"We play according to the strengths of the team. We generally play a different way every game to be honest," Allardyce said.
"My life is always about studying the opposition and asking the team to maybe play the same system, but in a different way to nullify the opposition's strengths and expose their weaknesses.
"There are always subtle differences that I ask the players to remember and think about in order to try and achieve the top goal, which is the victory and three points."
Allardyce was keen to use the international break positively, and took those players not involved for their countries away for short training camp in Spain to maintain focus levels.
"The team went out and had a very good game in Espanyol on Thursday, that went okay, to give some players a good first-team competitive edge. I think the squad, in terms of where we are at the moment, is looking fit and raring to go," added the Irons boss, who revealed midfielders Joe Cole and Stewart Downing remain sidelined this weekend.
West Ham will come up against man-of-the-moment Rickie Lambert on Sunday, the Saints striker have grabbed his England chance following Carroll's unfortunate injury setback.
"He has been very, very good," Allardyce said. "It has been a major help for (England manager) Roy (Hodgson) and the injury problems he has had.
"Rickie stepping in and doing a great job has been greatly received by everyone. It is great for him, great for his club and also great for England. It has got him a very critical point at a place that is very difficult to play in."
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