Seagulls Mess Up Hammers Home Form
By Tom Dowsett
Saturday 21 Oct 2017 12:59:00
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West Ham United slipped further down the Premier League table after a humiliating 3-0 home defeat to newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday.

With Andy Carroll suspended after being sent off at Burnley last weekend, Slaven Bilic made two changes to the side that played at Turf Moor as he included Pedro Obiang as an extra man in midfield with Manuel Lanzini offering support to Javier Hernández upfront, while Arthur Masuaku was preferred to Aaron Cresswell in defence.

The Hammers wanted to build on what, to be fair, was an excellent point against the Clariets, while Chris Hughton's men were desperate to collect their first points on the road.

It was another slow start from the hosts and Glenn Murray was able to head the Seagulls in front after ten minutes when a cross from Pascal Groß was completely missed by the home side's defence with Joe Hart beaten.

Although the Irons were trying everything they could to get back into the game, Brighton's defence stood firm. Masuaku had a shot blocked before a well timed tackle on Lanzini prevented him from finding a possible equaliser.

Obiang was next to have a go but to no avail before Hernández saw the best of his two efforts go narrowly wide of the far post.

West Ham had never come back from one goal behind to win since they moved to Stratford and they weren't going to come back here either, as the visitors went further ahead when José Izquierdo let fly with a powerful effort which Hart perhaps should have done better with.

When referee Martin Atkinson blew for half-time, the disgruntlement amongst the home faithful was apparent and they were definitely hoping for something better after the break.

During the interval, Bilic made his first change, replacing Cheikhou Kouyaté with André Ayew.

Despite periods of possession at the start of the second-half, the Irons never really threatened. Instead they were guilty of once again missing numerous chances.

The only thing worth mentioning from a home side perspective is that Lanzini was trying his best but he unfortunately saw his free kicks miss the target, seeing one go over the bar, while another went narrowly wide.

On 73 minutes with all still going wrong for his side, the manager made another change bringing on Edimilson Fernandes in place of Marko Arnautović.

The change didn't make a great deal of difference though, as just two minutes later Pablo Zabaleta gave away a penalty.

Murray, who had got the evening off to a great start for the visitors, completed the rout as he once again came out on top in the battle with Hart.

After three minutes of stoppage time, Atkinson finally brought proceedings to an end and it doesn't get any easier for the East Londoners, as they head to Wembley on Wednesday night for a fourth round Carabao Cup tie with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

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