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Marko Arnautovic’s double sinks Stoke City as his team move 5 points clear of relegation

Mark Arnautovic’s double sinks Stoke City as his team move 5 points clear of relegation. The game was the Hammers’ first since fans invaded the pitch during their 3-0 home defeat to Burnley but they produced a brilliant performance to end a run of three consecutive heavy defeats.

Marko Arnautovic

West Ham overcame their recent troubles by thrashing relegation rivals Southampton at London Stadium to move clear of the relegation zone.

David Moyes’ side eased the tension around the ground with two goals in the opening 17 minutes, first from Joao Mario and then Marko Arnautovic.

Mario smashed in the opener from the edge of the penalty area after being picked out by Cheikhou Kouyate, who had powerfully carried the ball away on the counter-attack.

Portuguese Mario then set up Arnautovic for the second with a brilliant cross from the right that the Austrian bundled home at the second attempt. Arnautovic added his second in first-half stoppage time, volleying home another fine cross, this time from the left flank by Arthur Masuaku.

Southampton was dire in Mark Hughes’ first league game in charge and remain in the relegation zone, two points from safety. Victory for West Ham takes them up to 14th, five points clear of Saints in 18th.

Source: Joburg Times

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