Manager David Moyes said he was “angry” with his players after we let slip a two-goal lead TWICE to draw with fellow Premier League strugglers Brighton.
Issa Diop gave us the lead when he poked home from Robert Snodgrass’ free-kick, before Snodgrass doubled the advantage with a powerful shot from inside the area.
Brighton responded when Lukasz Fabianski punched Gross’ corner off Angelo Ogbonna’s shoulder and into his own net, but Snodgrass’ long-range drive put us firmly back in control at London Stadium.
Brighton fought back again as Pascal Gross prodded home before the video assistant referee (VAR) awarded Glenn Murray’s dramatic late equaliser despite the striker initially appearing to handle the ball in the process.
“I’m angry and the players know I’m disappointed. In the main we were very good but for a couple of really silly mistakes. We offered a threat, as did they. The performance was good but it was tarnished by a couple of mistakes. We gave them a leg-up for 3-1 with the own goal, and we gave them a massive leg-up with 20 minutes to go. Their effort was huge. I just feel playing Liverpool on Wednesday night and fatigue played a part in the second half.”David Moyes
Brighton’s comeback kept them 15th in the table but we slipped into the relegation zone to 18th as out-of-form Bournemouth beat Aston Villa.
Since returning to the club on 30 December, Moyes has now led us to only one league win from six matches, while we were been knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side West Brom.
As we aim to preserve our top-flight status, it was so disappointing how we ended a game that we looked destined to win.
Despite a fine debut from Tomas Soucek alongside Snodgrass and Michail Antonio in midfield, our defensive frailties in the final 15 minutes proved to be their downfall.
This week the club said staying in the Premier League is “an absolute necessity”, and for 75 minutes the players showed the urgency on the pitch that their situation off it demanded.
With the bottom of the table as tight as it is, however, letting two points slip may prove costly come the end of the season.