REPORT: Brighton 3 West Ham 1

Brighton & Hove Albion notched their first Premier League win of 2018 with a 3-1 win over West Ham thanks to goals from Glenn Murray, Jose Izqueirdo and Pascal Gross.

The win took Albion up to 13th in the table, level with their opponents, who didn’t turn up in the way manager David Moyes would’ve liked.

The Albion began the brighter of the two sides, immediately showing their will to score and their game-plan came up trumps when Gross played through Murray who slotted home cooly. Referee Kevin Friend could have stopped the game for a foul on Anthony Knockaert but decided to play an advantage.

Much has been made of West Ham’s lacklustre season so far but they responded to Brighton’s early goal reasonably well and would’ve been level had Sam Byram put away a free header at the back post. Th Seagulls, not for the first time this year, could’ve had a penalty moments later when Knockaert’s shot was blcked by Angelo Ogbonna.

The Hammers then got their reward for their constant pushing and after a great move involving Joao Mario and Mark Noble, the ball was thrashed into the top corner by Javier Hernandez from 10 yards out.

The game then began to even as both sides looked for a crucial second goal, Brighton started with intent but it was a piece of magic from Izquierdo that sent the home fans ballistic. The Colombian picked up the ball at the corner of the box and curled a beauty so far into the top corner it looked like it was going wide.

West Ham struggled to assert themselves into the game and brought Michail Antonio to try and swing a chance their way. It was the Albion though who took advantage of the Irons’ change of formation when Gross smashed in a third to make it 3-1. Davy Propper collected the ball in midfield before placing a pass to Gross who turned and fired home.

There was time for Leonardo Ulloa to make his second debut at the Amex, the Argentine received a standing ovation as the game petered out and finished 3-1.

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