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Southampton 0 West Ham United

Danny Ings had an early goal ruled out for offside

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said attempting to manage from home was “horrible” after his side were held at home by West Ham.

Hasenhuttl had to work from home via a video link, as he is self-isolating after a member of his household tested positive for coronavirus.

His side were unable to claim the victory they needed to move into the Premier League’s top four, despite dominating on the ball, and remain ninth.

“[It was] horrible, very difficult,” said Hasenhuttl. “Before the game it was good, I must say. We had definitely found a good way of managing the players.

“I was doing the meetings, I was also in the dressing room speaking to them, explaining what I wanted them to do. I was also speaking to them at half-time. The rest – I think my assistant coaches did a good job.

“The difficulty was that I didn’t have the live picture and the live voice and this was horrible, because you hear the live voice but you don’t have the picture and this makes it difficult to coach and concentrate on the game. But I’m happy that it worked quite well, I think.”

Top scorer Danny Ings returned for the hosts, having missed Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Fulham through injury, and was denied what would have been a well-taken early opener after Che Adams strayed offside in the build-up.

Ryan Fredericks’ header, collected by Alex McCarthy, was West Ham’s first shot on target after 41 minutes.

Tomas Soucek went close to heading his fifth goal of the season as the Hammers upped their intensity in the second half, before substitute Said Benrahma was denied a late winner at close range by McCarthy.

The result leaves both sides winless in four league games, with Southampton three points above West Ham in 10th.

Plenty to ponder for absent Hasenhuttl