English forward Theo Walcott was an unused substitute as his Southampton side advanced to the FA Cup quarterfinals after seeing off West Ham United at the end of their fifth round tie. Theo Walcott was left on the Southampton bench for the start of the fifth round clash with the Hammers by his manager, Ralph Hassenhuttl. The Southampton boss made some changes to his starting line-up for the West Ham United game at home in the bid to win a place in the last eight of the FA Cup and Theo Walcott was not considered for a starting spot against the Hammers. The ex-Arsenal and Everton winger was also left on the bench for the whole game as Southampton ran out 3-1 runners to secure their spot in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.
French left-back RomainPerraud scored from 30 yards to give hosts Southampton the lead against the Hammers shortly after the half hour mark. Perraud was one of the changes made by Saints boss Ralph Hassenhuttl to his starting XI and he rewarded his manager with a goal and an assured performance from the left side of the defence. The goal from the fullback ensured that home team Southampton went into the break with a slim lead.
Southampton kept the Hammers at bay until the hour mark when Michail Antonio scored for the East London team after substitute goalkeeper Willy Caballero flapped at the corner kick from Jarrod Bowen. West Ham United were level for just nine minutes before Southampton regained the lead through a James Ward-Prowse penalty after Craig Dawson brought down Albanian striker Armando Broja who had come on as an half-time substitute for veteran Irish striker Shane Long. Broja then wrapped up the win in the fifth minute of stoppage time just after Southampton goalkeeper Caballero denied Dawson the chance to score a second equaliser for the Hammers.