West Ham 2-2 Brighton: Hammers salvage point against struggling Albion

Tomas Soucek scored a late equaliser as we came from behind twice to rescue a point against struggling Brighton.

The Seagulls took the lead towards the end of a first half they dominated when Neal Maupay swept in at London Stadium.

We improved after the break and equalised when Ben Johnson scored his first goal for the club, taking advantage of poor defending to finish from close range.

Lewis Dunk thought he had won it for Brighton 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.

What was disappointing today was having watched a side that is disciplined while often creative and attack-minded, Moyes appeared to abandon that approach with a very negative team selection and set-up against Brighton.

We have been rewarded for our enterprising play with some impressive results, notably big wins against Wolves and Leicester and draws at Manchester City and Tottenham so it was perplexing to watch our first half performance against Brighton as we failed to register a shot on target and deservedly found ourselves behind.

After the break, we were a different side. The introduction of Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini added the creative spark that had been missing and we took advantage of a Brighton side that struggled for composure after losing Adam Lallana to injury.

Had Moyes shown more faith in our side’s attacking capabilities from the start, we may have got more reward than the single point. The second-half performance will likely give him plenty to think about when setting up his side for similar games in the future.

“We saw a poor West Ham in the first half but we also saw a good Brighton team in the first half. They made it difficult for us but the resilience of the players kept us going and a few changes helped us. We thought it was the right time to have a look at a back five again but I felt we didn’t press them well enough. Lanzini has been an important player for us in recent years and I’m hoping to get him back to the levels he has been because he is a talented player and we needed that.”

West Ham manager David Moyes

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