Talk about making life difficult for yourself! After two good penalty claims were ignored, Lee Probert decided he couldn't give Southampton three lives and at last remembered how to point to the penalty spot after Noble was tripped. So far so good.
But then Taylor decided 'anything Nolan can do, I can do better', and came charging into Sharp, who crumpled as if he had been shot, and Probert promptly reached for a red card!
So, for the second home game in a row, we found ourselves a player down inside the first twenty minutes! And we collected a red card after WINNING a penalty. Brilliant. Only West Ham!
Noble tucked the penalty away with the minimum of fuss but Probert still wasn't finished. Keeper Kelvin Davis stamped on Cole and slapped him into the bargain, but this time the referee couldn't find his red card so waived yellow instead, turning it on Cole too to level things up!
Green has made two brilliant saves and Lambert hit the outside of the post with a free kick. You had the feeling in the last quarter of the half that a goal was coming. We were like a boxer on the ropes praying for the bell by the end of the half.
If Southampton score early, it could be curtains: they are far better than Millwall! It's been a heroic performance so far but if you were having money on it, you would back on broken Claret and Blue hearts by the end of the game. That's four red cards already this season, and they have all been absolutely stupid.