Seagulls Beat Hammers Again
By Tom Dowsett
Saturday 06 Oct 2018 13:01:00
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After taking seven points from the last three games, West Ham United were unfortunate to come away from The American Express Community Stadium with nothing on Friday night. As a result, Brighton and Hove Albion jumped above their opponents with a 1-0 victory.

For the first time this season, Manuel Pellegrini was able to name an unchanged side as Marko Arnautovic was fit enough despite being substituted towards the end of the home victory against Manchester United last time out.

Chris Hughton's team are renowned for being well-organised and playing with a high tempo and this was evident here as the visitors nearly fell behind with only four minutes gone.
but fortunately, Anthony Knockaert's long-range effort was too close to Lukasz Fabianski who was able to make an easy catch.

Shane Duffy saved his side soon after, dealing with an Arnautovic effort which gave the visitors a corner.

Three subsequent corners followed before the Seagulls broke away on 25 minutes. A loose pass from Irons' captain Mark Noble put Andriy Yarmolenko in trouble allowing Glenn Murray to easily beat Fabianski from Beram Kayal's cross.

West Ham should have equalised six minutes later when Arnautovic combined with Pablo Zabaleta and although Bruno got a block in, they managed to set up Pedro Obiang but the midfielder sent his effort over.

The hosts wasted a good opportunity to double their advantage before the break. Alireza Jahanbakhsh was set up by Murray but the Hammers were relieved to see the effort go over.

West Ham had played well in the first-half but they were unable to make any of their pressure count.

Since changing his system in their last away match at Everton, Pellegrini has seen his team play with a lot more intensity and they continued in the same vein when they came out for the restart. They went close through Yarmolenko and Arnautovic without troubling goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

Fabián Balbuena was on the end of a corner from Felipe Anderson and had a clear cut chance but didn't get enough power to his header before West Ham made their first change on 59 minutes with Michail Antonio replacing Obiang. Lucas Pérez then entered the fray eleven minutes later as he took the place of Yarmolenko.

The visitors were less than happy as referee Kevin Friend stopped play. Davy Pröpper went down injured when West Ham clearly had possession. 

Minutes later, Pröpper was taken off and replaced by Yves Bissouma.

Pellegrini made his final change with the skipper making way for Robert Snodgrass with seven minutes of normal time to play.

In the final few minutes the home side had a goal ruled out for offside but with five minutes of stoppage time added, Ryan could see out his relatively comfortable night.

With international fixtures taking place next weekend, the East Londoners have a fortnight to reflect on this match before Tottenham Hotspur arrive in Stratford on 20 October.

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