Brighton’s first league win of the calendar yr eased their relegation worries a little bit as they moved degree on factors with West Ham United within the Premier League desk.
Objectives from Glenn Murray, Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross gave the resurgent Seagulls a much-deserved win in opposition to a West Ham facet who didn’t reside as much as the degrees of which they’re succesful.
Javier Hernandez’s equaliser was the one second of high quality for the Hammers as they misplaced within the league for the primary time since earlier than Christmas.
Brighton made just one change from their draw at Southampton within the week, with Anthony Knockaert returning to the group instead of Solly March. Leonardo Ulloa was on the bench after returning to the membership in January.
West Ham had been unchanged from their draw with Crystal Palace, though Jordan Hugill was among the many substitutes following his deadline day transfer from Preston.
Brighton seemed a menace each time they got here ahead, and will have had a penalty when Knockaert’s goalbound effort struck the arm of Angelo Ogbonna. It was at point-blank vary, but it surely did clearly hit Ogbonna’s arm and Brighton may rely themselves aggrieved.
Their sense of injustice intensified a couple of minutes later when West Ham delivered a sucker-punch of an equaliser. It was a pleasant purpose, with Joao Mario discovering Javier Hernandez who waited and waited earlier than lastly smashing previous Matt Ryan and into the highest nook.
Brighton may have restored their lead quickly after if Knockaert had proven a little bit extra intelligence. First, he did not slip in Murray for what would have been a simple probability, after which he didn’t capitalise on a Mark Noble error, slicing his effort harmlessly vast.
Knockaert additionally overran the ball as Brighton sought to reap the benefits of an excellent counter-attacking alternative, and West Ham would have been happy to get in at half-time with a share of the spoils that they barely deserved.
HT: All sq. on the break after Hernandez cancelled out Murray’s early opener for the Seagulls. Duffy made a vital clearance off the road and Knockaert had a penalty declare turned down. #BHAFC 1 #WHUFC 1 #BHAWHU pic.twitter.com/ncvZ1jf9Y8
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) February Three, 2018
The second-half began in rather more even trend than the primary, however once more it was Brighton who drew first blood.
A nook was solely half-cleared
Brighton noticed the sport out with ease as West Ham’s problem light, they usually actually ought to have received by extra. Substitute Beram Kayal’s shot-on-the-turn was pushed away by Adrian, with Solly March skying over on the follow-up.
However that would not spoil Brighton’s day, and a jubilant Amex crowd serenaded their group to the tip as they moved three factors away from the relegation zone.