West Ham United paid the value for his or her sluggish displaying towards Brighton as they drew 2-2 on the London Stadium.
A victory for the Hammers would have seen them hold chase with the massive weapons as David Moyes makes an attempt to gatecrash the highest eight, however they failed to fireplace and solely a late Tomas Soucek leveller saved them from defeat.
However Lewis Dunk’s objective could have pissed off the hosts too, with the ball hanging his arm earlier than being slammed in, however it was not dominated out by VAR.
We’ll prevent any tales of hangovers or mince pies, this one in east London was simply two sides, for essentially the most half, missing power.
Neal Maupay’s opener got here within the seconds previous to the half-time whistle, which didn’t come a second too quickly for West Ham, who have been little doubt chastised on the break.
A Ben Johnson objective briefly enlivened the hosts earlier than Dunk scrambled in a second for Brighton however Soucek, all the time a hazard within the penalty space, gave the Hammers a share of the spoils.
Either side nonetheless might want to form up within the coming days to keep away from any extra festive fails.
All through the primary half, West Ham allowed their guests far an excessive amount of time on the ball and struggled out of possession, with each side failing to get a strike heading in the right direction till minute 27.
Defender Adam Webster as the person to hassle Lukasz Fabianski, though hassle is variety on the Brighton defender along with his head straight on the Pole.
Because the Seagulls pressed the problem, Dan Burn had a strike deflected huge, whereas Danny Welbeck acquired into some harmful areas however couldn’t make it rely.
It felt prefer it was solely a matter of time earlier than Graham Potters’ males grabbed a objective and that’s precisely the way it performed out.
A wise passage of play down the left caught Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice out of sync, and Burn’s go throughout the field finally fell to Neal Maupay who curled residence from shut vary, whereas falling over.
West Ham seemed a lot brighter within the second half, having swapped Jarrod Bowen and Mark Noble for Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko.
Steven Alzate changed Adam Lallana for Brighton however the momentum swung in the direction of the Hammer with Brighton failing to penetrate with any possession that they had.
Ultimately, West Ham’s new discovered lustre instructed.
Ukranian winger Yarmolenko teased his man on the fitting flank earlier than whipping a ball in the direction of Soucek and Lanzini, the pair did not strike however the latter managed to salvage the chance.
He scraped the ball again to younger full-back Johnson and he stored his composure to whip the ball past Robert Sanchez on the hour-mark.
Brighton’s response got here ten minutes later.
VAR had an excellent lengthy have a look at the replays however Dunk’s objective, scrambled residence after a artful shot-corner routine, was given even when it seemed as if he had dealt with within the build-up when struck by a Soucek diving header.
The stream of the sport as soon as once more went in favour of Potter’s stars, the Hammers torpid and uninspired of their play.
However when you’ve gotten weapons like Soucek towards a aspect like Brighton, who aren’t the best at stopping set-pieces, there’s all the time a threat of a slip.
It got here with barely ten minutes to go as a nook from the fitting one way or the other made all of it the way in which over the heads of 4 males in blue and cannoned in off the Czech ace, who as allowed a free run by Ben White.