It’s important that new signings do their best to join in with club traditions.
Which is probably why Marko Arnautovic decided to get himself sent off for violent conduct in just his second game for West Ham.
The Hammers were lucky not to have Mark Noble sent off for a dangerous tackle at St Mary’s before the former Stoke player caught Jack Stephens with a late elbow.
The Southampton centre-back calmly played a pass out from the back only to be floored by a deliberate elbow from the reckless Arnautovic.
A West Ham player seeing red is a common sight for Premier League viewers.
Since Slaven Bilic took over, no team has had more players sent off than the Irons.
The visitors’ discipline contributed to a poor first half which saw them go 2-0 down thanks Manolo Gabbiadini’s neat finish and a penalty from Dusan Tadic.
Javier Hernandez then exhibited his predatory instincts, tapping home a rebound to give West Ham a vague hope of coming away with something.
Something which would be a lot easier with eleven men on the pitch…