West Ham 3-0 Southampton: Pablo Fornals’ double sends Hammers into Europa League

Report and highlights as Pablo Fornals’ quickfire double and Declan Rice goal secured David Moyes’ side European football next season in front of 10,000 home fans

Sunday 23 May 2021 17:59, UK

West Ham secured their best league finish in 22 years and qualified for the Europa League as a 3-0 win over Southampton secured a sixth-placed finish.

In front of 10,000 fans, David Moyes’ side needed just a point to secure sixth place and took full control of their destiny in the first half with Pablo Fornals scoring twice in a quickfire double (30 & 33) that took the game away from Saints.

Declan Rice added further gloss to the scoreline in the closing stages (86).

It caps a memorable season for Moyes and his impressive side, whose haul of 65 points sets a new club record for most points in a Premier League season.

They have qualified for the Europa League group stage, courtesy of Leicester winning FA Cup, while Southampton end a rather mediocre season in 15th.

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Player ratings

West Ham: Fabianski (8), Coufal (8), Dawson (8), Ogbonna (7), Cresswell (7), Soucek (7), Rice (8), Fornals (8), Lingard (7), Bowen (7), Antonio (7)

Subs used: Benrahma (7)

Saints: McCarthy (5), Walker-Peters (7), Bednarek (6), Vestergaard (6), Salisu (6), Minamino (6), Ward-Prowse (7), Armstrong (7), Diallo (6), Ings (6), Redmond (6)

Subs used: Tella (6), Romeu (6)

Man of the match: Declan Rice

What’s next? Euros, transfer window, 2021/22 key dates

Euro 2020 kicks off on Friday June 11 – just 19 days after the conclusion of the 2020/21 Premier League season – and runs until Sunday July 11.

The 2021/22 Premier League campaign will start on the weekend of Saturday August 14 – 34 days after that Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

Clubs will be able to start planning for the new term when the top-flight fixtures are released at 9am on Wednesday, June 16 but transfer business can start in earnest before then, with the summer transfer window opening on Wednesday June 9.

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The 2021/22 Championship season begins a week before the top-flight one on the weekend of Saturday August 7. All Sky Bet EFL fixtures will be announced at 9am on Thursday June 24.

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