Half time Saints 0 Irons 0
The Hammers saw their way through to the interval after a comfortable first half which ended with the home fans booing their team off.
That was a tribute to the Irons strong defensive performance which kept the third placed team at bay with relative ease.
Saints went close after 13 minutes when Mane received Davis’ pass, drove past Tomkins and clipped towards goal from an acute angle but Jenkinson was well positioned to clear.
The hosts followed that three minutes later with a set piece which saw Adrian leave his line but failed to punch clear and a Gardos header was cleared by Cole.
Kouyate was again composed at centre half again and turned away very cleverly from Pelle when facing his own by-line. Pelle comes back with a strong but fair challenge but Kouyate had the better of him.
Mane had a real chance as half time approached but his curling effort sailed a couple of feet wide of Adrian’s left hand post.
Valencia had worked hard and, finding some space to shoot for the Hammers, saw his effort blocked as the half came to its end.