Tomas Soucek impressive on debut, Masuaku sub hurts West Ham & More- Talking Points from WHUFC 3-3 Brighton

West Ham dropped into the relegation zone as they squandered a two goal lead TWICE to draw 3-3 with fellow strugglers Brighton at the London Stadium. The result, coupled with Bournemouth’s 2-1 win at home against Aston Villa, pushed David Moyes’ men into the bottom three ahead of a tough set of fixtures for the club- 6 of their next 7 are against Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Wolves, Spurs and Chelsea.

Here are our talking points from West Ham’s 3-3 draw against Graham Potter’s men in Game Week 25.

Tomas Soucek impressive on debut: Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek was thrown into action straightaway today, and he impressed on debut. He played the furthest of West Ham’s three central midfielders in what appeared to be a 4-1-4-1 formation, and at times, almost looked like he was partnering Seb Haller as part of a duo upfront.

Didn’t shy away from the physical stuff, and very nearly got a debut goal early in the game, but Brighton keeper Mat Ryan did very well to save his header. Did a good pressing job in the first half too and played 85 minutes before being replaced. All in all, a more than satisfactory debut for the 24 year-old, and Hammers fans will be keen to see more of him in the future.

Masuaku substitution hurts West Ham: With Michail Antonio having run himself into the ground, David Moyes was left with no option but to bring him off, but his decision to bring Arthur Masuaku and play a more defensive system backfired. It was his botched clearance that lead to the mess that eventually resulted in Brighton’s second goal and his impact unfortunately seemed to mirror the Arsenal game, where West Ham lead 1-0 at the time of his introduction into the fixture, but ended up losing 3-1.

Comical defending for Brighton’s second goal: Issa Diop netted West Ham’s first of the afternoon, but Angelo Ogbonna and he didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory for Brighton’s second. The Hammers were leading 3-1 and had seemingly played the Seagulls out of the game, but a horribly mix up between Diop and Ogbonna saw Pascal Gross pounce. The momentum of the game swung Brighton’s way, and they ended the fixture the dominant team.

Rare Fabianski error: The Polish stopper is normally very reliable, but his poor punch from an opposition corner at the start of the second half hit the unwitting Ogbonna on the back and deflected straight back in to goal. Can’t really hold him culpable for the second (the Diop-Ogbonna mix up, although better communication might not have hurt), and he produced a fine save to deny Solly March’s injury time free kick.

Glenn Murray again West Ham’s nemesis: Murray’s record against West Ham is so good that Brighton manager Potter handed the 36 year-old his first league start since September today. And the veteran didn’t disappoint- his subtle bit of pressure caused Fabianski’s error for the opener, and he duly scored Brighton’s equalising goal in the 79th minute. It was slightly controversial, but VAR ruled in his favour.

West Ham 3 (Diop 30, Snodgrass 45, 57) Brighton 3 (Ogbonna 47 OG, Gross 75, Murray 79)

Attendance: 59,915 (Referee- Michael Oliver)

Soucek Debut

Comments

  1. I think we’re going down.

    Sad, but can’t be dropping points from positions like these, especially when you’re in a relegation battle in February.

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