West Ham United fans have been warned about potential problems getting into the St Mary’s Stadium for the clash with Southampton.
The Hammers head to the coast for Saturday’s game with the Saints knowing a win could put them back on top of the fledgling Premier League table.
West Ham’s newly crowned Premier League player of the month Michail Antonio is set to lead the line against Southampton, who have been hit with a triple blow ahead of the game.
West Ham head to Saints with clean bill of health and the usual sold out away end
The Hammers have a great record against Southampton in recent years with seven wins in the last nine Prem meetings between the two sides and just one defeat.
The Saints have blown hot and cold so far this season with a 3-1 opening day defeat to Everton and draws against Man United and Newcastle.
West Ham have – as usual – sold out their away allocation for the game.
And the claret and blue army are travelling with great hope and expectation with Moyes’s side bolstered by the additions of Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral since they drew with Crystal Palace last time out.
Supporters warned of problems entering stadium as Saints trial new system following Man United debacle
But supporters making their way to the game have been warned over potential problems getting into the ground (Southampton FC).
Last month, for Southampton’s first game in 18 months without restrictions, fans of both the Saints and visiting Manchester United were left raging after being stuck outside St Mary’s and forced to miss a big chunk of the game.
The club were forced to apologise, blaming an issue with their turnstiles and promised a full refund to ticket holders (The Sun).
Now Southampton has warned of potential disruption on entry as the club is trialling a new ‘safety measures’ for the visit of West Ham.
‘The aim is making entry to St Mary’s for home and away fans as smooth and safe as possible’
“Southampton Football Club is trialling new matchday measures at Saturday’s game against West Ham, with the aim of making entry to St Mary’s for home and away fans as smooth and safe as possible,” the club said in a statement on its official website.
“The changes are being introduced to help accommodate segregated queueing outside the away turnstiles in the Northam Stand, when a section of the North Car Park will be closed to home supporters from 2pm. These measures have been developed through consultation with the local Safety Advisory Group.
“This will mean that there is no through route for supporters behind the Northam Stand, which may affect usual access routes for some supporters from this time. The club asks that fans access the turnstiles they require for entry by following a route around the rear of the Kingsland, Chapel and Itchen Stands.
“Supporters with allocated parking in the North Car Park are asked to ensure their vehicle is parked before the affected area is closed at 2pm.
“Please refer to the map below to see the area of the North Car Park that will be affected (see below).
“The club’s goal remains to get all fans safely into the stadium before kick-off and it is therefore important to trial a revised queueing process for away fans, although we understand that these changes may cause an inconvenience to supporters, and we appreciate the assistance of fans as we trial these changes.”