Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against Brighton (H) 2017

Brighton picked up their first away win of the new league season and their first on the road in the top flight since 1983 as they beat West Ham 3-0 last night in front of a 56,977 strong crowd at the London Stadium.

Here is how West Ham’s players were rated by the media. Sam Inkersole opted to give out one word ratings for each player instead of a number this time around.

Not surprisingly, the player who came in for the most flak was Marko Arnautovic, with the £25m signing expected to give the ageing Bruno a torrid time, but the Austrian international ended up having a very ordinary game, and was hooked before the third goal for Edimilson Fernandes. [Read more…]

Post Match Thoughts- Murray brace sinks West Ham as Brighton boss Chris Hughton gets win in 100th game

On paper, this was a perfectly winnable game for West Ham. They were at home against a newly promoted side in Brighton, who had not won away in four attempts this season, and hadn’t won away in the top flight since 1983. The Seagulls had also scored just once in four league games on the road going into this clash, and the scorer of that goal, Solly March, was benched by Brighton manager Chris Hughton in favour of club record signing Jose Izquierdo. Brighton’s last visit to West Ham, a good five years ago, saw the visitors on the receiving end of a 6-0 scoreline.

West Ham had also never lost a Premier League game at home on a Friday, having beaten Coventry and Spurs in their two previous Friday clashes.

However by the end of the evening, that record had been broken, and Brighton had taken their away goals tally from 1 to 4, courtesy of a brace from veteran striker Glenn Murray, whose last visit to West Ham, then in Crystal Palace colours, also saw him score twice. [Read more…]

West Ham v Brighton & Hove Albion- Friday clash at the London Stadium

Friday’s solitary Premier League clash sees West Ham host newbies Brighton at the London Stadium.

This is the third time West Ham have played a top flight fixture at home on a Friday, and encouragingly for their fans, both of those fixtures (against Coventry back in 1997 and against Spurs last season) ended in wins. The Hammers have lost only one of their last five games in all competitions, and coach Slaven Bilic will definitely be looking at this clash against the Seagulls as a great opportunity to put three points in the bag. [Read more…]

15 year old Idris Kanu makes U21 debut against Brighton & Hove Albion

15 year old Idris Kanu made his debut for West Ham’s U21 squad against Brighton and Hove Albion last night. The teenager started for the team, and was replaced shortly before the hour mark by Jaanai Gordon. West Ham won 2-1, with Martin Samuelsen and Josh Cullen scoring. Alex Pike made his return from injury for the Hammers. Brighton had former Real Madrid youth player Jack Harper in their team for this game at the Amex [Read more…]

Hammers 6 Brighton and Hove Albion 0: Match Report

An in form Ricardo Vaz Té helped the Irons to an awesome 6 nil demolishing of Brighton and Hove Albion at Upton Park where he scored a hat-trick.

Vaz Té now makes it 8 goals in 5 games but more importantly has put the Hammers back in contention for an automatic promotion place. The Portuguese striker has now put West Ham 3 points behind Southampton who are sitting in second place with just three games to play. Vaz Té has breathed some life into the claret and blues just lately and today’s performance at Upton Park is no exception.

Brighton’s defending today has been atrocious to say the least which was highlighted when the Hammers hit their crossbar with just 40 seconds on the clock! This was the seagulls heaviest defeat this season and they only have themselves to blame.

Brighton’s chances of making the playoffs look left for dead now as they stand five points behind Cardiff City who are sitting at sixth place. Gus Poyet will certainly not be pleased with his team’s performance today!

To be honest lads, it wasn’t much of a contest, was it? You could say that with a quarter of an hour on the clock it was all over bar the shouting.

Ricardo Vaz Té got on the scoreboard first just after 3 minutes after skipper Kevin Nolan won the ball on the left and threaded it through to the striker, who was 30 yards out. Vaz Te’s shot was powerful and flew through Peter Brezovan’s hands. His second goal came just five minutes after. Vaz Té was left on his own at the far post to head home a cross from Gary O’Neill. Next up was Nolan three minutes later to stick the ball in the net after Tonks headed Matt Taylor’s free-kick back across the goal.

The Hammers had to wait a bit for the next goal and it didn’t come until 63 minutes when Vaz Té found the net and got his hat-trick with a spectacular hook shot over his shoulder. The ref had waived play on when Henri Lansbury was brought crashing down in the box but the ball found the magical Vaz Té and it was crashed home in spectacular style!

Carlton Cole then made it five after his shot was deflected off Lansbury’s heel. To complete the drubbing Seagulls’ Gary Dicker turned a Kevin Noble corner into his own net with 13 minutes left on the clock. West Ham came away on a high note and they could smell the Premier League in the air!

Match Stats:

West Ham 4-4-2
Green, Demel, Tomkins, Reid, Taylor, O’Neill, Nolan, Noble, Lansbury, Vaz Té, Cole

Subs: Henderson, Maynard, Colison, Carew, Collins

Brighton and Hove Albion 4-4-1-1
Brezovan, Calderon, Greer, El-Abd, Painter, Bridcutt, Dicker, Navarro, Assulin, Vicente; Barnes

Subs: Ankergren, Noone, Mackail-Smith, Lualua, Jara

Ref: Roger East