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Draw pleases Allardyce

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino and West Ham counterpart Sam Allardyce were both satisfied by the way in which their sides earned a point in wretched conditions.

Saints beat the east Londoners to automatic promotion from the npower Championship last season and were on course to get another one over them when Gaston Ramirez fired them ahead in the second half.

That lead lasted just seven minutes, though, as Andy Carroll struck home via a slight deflection off Steven Davis to earn a share of the spoils.

The 1-1 draw leaves both sides in mid-table and seven points clear of the drop zone, meaning Premier League survival is all but secure.

"I am happy with a point in the end," visiting boss Allardyce said. "I thought we were more than comfortable.

"We had some really good chances that we didn't convert and then they went 1-0 up through a pretty lucky goal.

"But it was a really good comeback, Andy has got another goal for us so in the end a point is very satisfying when you have gone a goal down and haven't scored as many away from home as we have.

Saints boss Pochettino cut a slightly more frustrated figure than Allardyce, although was pleased by his side's performance in wet and windy conditions.

"We had a feeling we could win the game, but were not able to," the Argentinian said. "We put in a big effort to get the three points and conceded very quickly after we scored."

Irish Independent