Premier League on Thursday Evening…27/12/2018

Eighteen year old striker Michael Obafemi was not in the Southampton squad for the visit of West Ham United and fellow teenager Declan Rice to St Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League this Thursday evening. The visiting ‘Hammers’ came from behind to secure a deserved two one victory with Rice again excellent in his midfield holding role. Shane Long was introduced from the ‘Saints’ substitute bench on sixty two minutes but could make little impact while teenage midfielder Conor Coventry was unused on the visiting bench. Ireland manager Mick McCarthy was also expected to be in attendance.