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Jaaskelainen saves the day for wayward West Ham at Southampton

The goalkeeper was intop form but the visitors fail to score for the third consecutive match.

West Ham United's Jussi Jaaskelainen ensured a clean sheet for his team. Adrian Dennis / AFP
West Ham United's Jussi Jaaskelainen ensured a clean sheet for his team. Adrian Dennis / AFP

SOUTHAMPTON // Man-of-the-match Jussi Jaaskelainen admitted there was some cause for concern at West Ham United’s paucity in front of goal after they drew 0-0 with Southampton.

The Hammers goalkeeper was on top form, making several important saves, but the visitors failed to find the net at St Mary’s for the third consecutive match.

They have scored two goals in four games so far this season although they are without the injured Andy Carroll while Croatia international Mladen Petric is not yet match fit.

On whether he was worried about their lack of cutting edge, Jaaskelainen told Sky Sports 1: “A little bit but we are creating chances, we just have to start putting them away.

“The clean sheet gives me most satisfaction.

“We worked hard and we had a couple of chances to get a goal.”

Midfielder Mark Noble paid tribute to his teammate.

“He was brilliant when you get clean sheets it’s a massive help. I thought it [the result] was quite fair. We’re happy with the point,” he said.

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was lucky to escape a sending off after replays showed he committed a two-footed tackle on Mohammed Diame.

“I need to see the image again but at that moment I didn’t think I had done anything wrong,” said the Frenchman.