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West Ham: Lukasz Fabianski was Moyes’ hero vs Southampton

West Ham United were forced to come from behind to secure a point away at struggling Southampton on Sunday afternoon, with David Moyes’s side reliant on a moment of magic from skipper Declan Rice, following a deflected first-half strike from Romain Perraud.

The Hammers skipper hadn’t scored in the Premier League for almost a year heading into the trip to St Mary’s, although ended that lengthy goal drought with a delightful curling effort just after the hour mark, with the away side having missed a number of chances prior to that to get themselves on the scoresheet.

While that profligacy came amid real dominance from the visitors – which saw them record 25 attempts on goal – the east Londoners were also left thankful for the display of veteran ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski at the other end of the pitch to help keep the Saints at bay, with the former Poland international making a string of fine saves.

The 37-year-old – who was afforded his customary rest for Thursday’s Europa Conference League clash with Anderlecht – made 32 touches and a whopping seven saves against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, with his match rating of 7.7, as per SofaScore, the second-highest on the day for the Hammers.

Although it was teammate Rice who lead the way with his 8.o rating – with the Englishman also likely to be the man to make the headlines – had it not been for the former Arsenal man then Moyes’ men could well have been dead and buried in the first half, such were the importance of his impressive interventions.

That was the view of the Evening Standard’s Malik Ouzia, who awarded the 57-cap menace an 8/10 rating, while also stating: ‘West Ham could have been four down at the break if not for three superb saves from the Pole, including two from Adams.’

The £900k-rated gem had potentially been at fault during last week’s win over Fulham for failing to keep out Andreas Pereira’s strike, although was ‘absolutely superb’ this time around, as per journalist Jonty Colman.

Even with Alphonse Areola breathing down his neck, the £65k-per-week colossus proved just why he routinely keeps his place for league duty, with his saves having been “so important” in keeping his side in the game, as described by Colman on Twitter.

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That “excellent” performance – as lauded by Ouzia – has illustrated that the ageing figure is showing no signs of slowing down at present, with West Ham having now conceded just 11 goals from their opening ten league games.

On a day in which all the talk will be about that man Rice and the end of his barren run in front of goal, it was Fabianski who was Moyes’ true hero.

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