West Ham score late equaliser to extend Brighton’s poor run of form

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Tomas Soucek scored a late headed equaliser for West Ham to set the Seagulls record as just one victory in their past 14 games.

The Seagulls dominated the first half and were comfortably the better side. However, it still took 44 minutes to make their dominance count. Neal Maupay with the cute finish, seeing him end a run of 649 minutes without a goal in the Premier League.

Given Albion’s current run of form, Potter must have been understandably frustrated at half time, that his side didn’t have more to show for their performance against a dreadful West Ham.

The Hammers failed to register a shot on target during the opening 45 minutes. Moyes introduced Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini at half time, adding the creative spark that had been missing.

They quickly grew into the game and had far more of the ball. Brighton struggled for composure after losing Adam Lallana to injury.

West Ham got their break through when Ben Johnson scored his first goal for the club, taking advantage of poor defending to finish from close range.

Brighton responded well and Dunk thought he had won it when he smashed in his first goal of the season following a short corner.

But Soucek, not for the first time this season, came up with another crucial goal as the midfielder was left unmarked at a corner and powered home a header.

This game will leave many Albion fans once again frustrated but this time for different reasons.

Brighton produced in the final third and had something to show for their commanding position in the game. It was always likely to be tougher in the second half, and credit should be given to the Seagulls for twice getting in front.

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But a usually sound defence were at fault for both of the Hammers goals. Brighton had numerous opportunities to clear the ball for West Ham’s first and criminally let Soucek have a free header for the second.

A win at the London stadium would have been a welcomed morale boost and crucially extended their lead over the relegation zone to 4 points. Instead they stay in 16th, only 2 points ahead of Fulham.

Brighton manager Graham Potter expressed his disappointment to BBC Sport:

“Frustration is the emotion at the moment. We felt we did enough for three points but the second goal is the one that has punished us, and if you don’t defend that situation better, you come away with just one point.

“Over the course of the game, I felt we did a lot well, particularity in the first half. It is hard to control 90 minutes of a Premier League game. You have to accept the opposition will step forward and show some momentum. After the goal, we felt more in control and to see it out better is the thing we have to improve on.”

Next, Brighton host a massive game against 15th placed Arsenal, Tuesday 29 December, 18:00 kick off.

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