West Ham lost their top of the table clash with Southampton at St Mary's to slip five points behind the current Championship leaders.

A solitary defensive mistake just before half-time cost the Hammers a point in a hard-fought evening match on the South coast.

The goal came from a header by Jos Hooiveld and despite dominating large periods of the second half the Hammers were unable to find a way past Saints keeper Kelvin Davis with John Carew, Kevin Nolan and Sam Baldock all missing chances.

West Ham also lost Matt Taylor to a calf injury during the first half which may keep the midfielder out for around 4 weeks.