Saints chief enjoys Hammers stroll

Claude Puel was delighted with Southampton’s second-half display at West Ham on Sunday as they strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win.

Southampton: Saints chief enjoys Hammers strollSouthampton: Saints chief enjoys Hammers stroll

The Saints’ chief watched as Charlie Austin put his side in front with their first effort on target on 40 minutes at the London Stadium.

However, Puel’s men dominated the second half and added further goals through Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse to sealed Saints’ second successive Premier League win.

And, while the Frenchman was not overly impressed with the way his players performed in the opening half, he was pleased with the improvement after the interval.

“I think our first half was very difficult, it wasn’t good football for us,” he told Sky Sports. “It was important to correct this.

“You can see a good team in the second half, many chances. It was a game of two faces. We lost the ball [in the first half], we were not patient and it was difficult to put the ball on the ground. We didn’t respect our game.

“It was very interesting to see the correction from my players. I’m very happy for them.

“The second goal was fantastic but we had many, many chances. It’s always dangerous if the second doesn’t come, and the third was a real pleasure for the players.

“I like my players to have good concentration. We have to improve and to correct things, and it’s important to keep working. We play many games and all the squad participate very well.”

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