Southampton 1, West Ham 0
West Ham might consider themselves unlucky to come away with nothing from their trip to St Mary’s, the result more of a frustration than a setback.
The Irons played against the 10-men of Southampton for most of the second half after midfielder Victor Wanyama received his third red card of the season for his heart-in-the-mouth challenge on Dimitri Payet.
The visitors were on the back foot from the moment nine minutes when Maya Yoshida smashed home Sadio Mane’s pass and, in truth, the visitors didn’t have enough up top to break through Ronald Koeman’s well-disciplined and composed side.
West Ham’s on-loan striker Emmanuel Emenike took to the field as substitute but he missed the opportunity to earn a point when he headed wide from Enner Valencia’s cross.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic told the club’s website : “We are gutted because this was a great opportunity for us. It’s a game we didn’t deserve to lose – we made a sloppy start but were the better team for three-quarters of the game.
“The end of the first half, the start of the second half and especially after they went down to ten men we were better, but we can’t start like that.
“We helped them a lot. They started lively, but we gave them a couple of corners unnecessarily, and from the quantity of balls into the box they’ve scored.
“We played really good after that, until we got to the box, but our delivery was not good enough.
Charlton 0, Bristol City 1
In the big bottom of the table clash, Bristol City came to the Valley and dashed supporters’ hopes of an exit from relegation troubles. City, watched from the stands by new manager Lee Johnson, took all three points and climbed out the bottom three while Charlton were dumped at the foot of the table, looking forlorn and hopeless.
The deed was done with Lee Tomlin’s 21st-minute penalty after the Bournemouth loanee had been pushed by Johann Berg Gudmundsson. Charlton showed some enterprise but never looked like scoring while Stephen Henderson in the Charlton goal kept the scoresheet looking respectable with a some fine saves.
Charlton boss Jorge Riga said: “The main reason we avoided going down last time was my positivity. But I’m also realistic, I’m not a dreamer. There are lots of games still left to play.”
After the 4-1 victory at Rotherham last week, Charlton fans thought the corner might have been turned but Riga told the club's website : “Just because you do it once, doesn’t mean you can do it again as you want. The opponents aren’t stupid. They saw our game and saw what our strengths were so before the game they showed the respect that they have to have for us."
Walsall 0, Millwall 3
Millwall’s away form has been the strong point of an inconsistent season but this emphatic win keeps the Lions in play-off contention with every chance of staying there if Lee Gregory maintains his current run of form.
Gregory took his tally to 17 goals with two in the second half against the second-placed Walsall. Mahlon Romeo marked his debut in blue in the best way possible with a goal in the 70th minute with Gregory adding his second late on.
Manager Neil Harris reserved special praise for Romeo.
He said : “He had a real difficult first 25 minutes against a good player, and he was dealt a harsh decision with a yellow card for what was probably the best tackle of the game.
“To be thrown in for your Millwall debut away at Walsall, who are flying high near the top of the League, is a tough challenge, but I thought him, Sid Nelson and Jed Wallace, all young men down that right-hand side, were excellent.
“I’ve got nothing but praise for the whole group.”
The win extends Millwall’s unbeaten run to five games and kept them sixth in League One, only one point behind fifth-placed Coventry.