LONDON: James Ward-Prowse scored one and created another as Southampton dug deep to earn a much-needed 3-2 win over West Ham United in a pulsating Premier League game at the London Stadium on Sunday. The victory was Southampton’s first in the league since Nov. 5, while defeat for West Ham continued their patchy run of form after a fine start to the season, with just one win in their last seven league games. A lethargic opening from the home side allowed Southampton to take the lead after eight minutes when Mohamed Elyounoussi lashed home with his left foot from the edge of the box following a driving run from Kyle Walker-Peters. West Ham created little going forward as Southampton keeper Fraser Forster remained largely untroubled during the first half. West Ham manager David Moyes turned to his bench after the break and substitute Michail Antonio made an instant impact when he headed home from close range in the 49th minute before Ward-Prowse restored the away side’s advantage from the spot just after the hour-mark. The penalty was awarded following a VAR check after centre back Craig Dawson seemed to have clipped Armando Broja inside the area, a decision that incensed West Ham players. A revitalised West Ham hit back three minutes later through Said Benrahma after being played in by Jarrod Bowen, but Jan Bednarek grabbed the winner in the 70th minute when he deftly turned in a curling free kick from Ward-Prowse. Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl hailed his side’s “brave” performance and praised the players for showing resilience.” The win moved Southampton up to 14th in the standings with 20 points from 18 games, eight points behind sixth-placed West Ham.