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West Ham 1-1 Brighton: Neal Maupay scores late equaliser after early Tomas Soucek goal for the Hammers

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
Neal Maupay
Neal Maupay's goal came after a run of seven games without scoring

Neal Maupay's acrobatic overhead kick earned Brighton a dramatic draw against West Ham at London Stadium.

The Frenchman scored in the 89th minute when the Seagulls were down to 10 men after Adam Lallana had gone off injured, with the visitors unable to make any more substitutions.

West Ham had scored after only five minutes as Pablo Fornals' superb inswinging corner was glanced in by Tomas Soucek's near-post header.

Fornals nearly doubled their advantage but his well-struck 15-yard effort hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced clear.

The Hammers thought they had a second goal when the ball crept over the line off the heel of Brighton defender Shane Duffy in a goalmouth scramble.

However, it was ruled out following a lengthy Video Assistant Referee delay as Michail Antonio was adjudged offside before the ball hit the away defender.

Despite having further chances to score a second, the Hammers could not finish the game off and were punished late on.

West Ham boss David Moyes was unhappy with the VAR decision to deny his side.

"VAR is really good and the refereeing has been really good but we do not want to get rid of goals," said Moyes.

"To rule it out and to choose to not give the goal, we're in the business to score goals, that's what people come to games for.

"I think it's so hard to call that not a goal. You have to have something clear and I didn't see a reason why that goal couldn't stand."

Moyes unhappy with disallowed Hammers goal but accepts 'fair result'

Brighton dig deep to earn point

West Ham thought they had earned their eighth win in 14 Premier League matches and remain fourth, but only one point clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who play at Manchester United on Thursday.

But Hammers boss David Moyes will be frustrated his side did not put the game beyond Brighton's reach.

In the last 15 minutes Jarrod Bowen shot just wide and Declan Rice and Antonio were both denied by Robert Sanchez before the visitors levelled.

For Brighton, it was a hard-earned point, although they have still not won since 22 September, a run now at 10 games.

They handed a first Premier League start to 19-year-old Ecuador forward Jeremy Sarmiento, but the teenager only lasted 12 minutes before he picked up a hamstring problem, with centre-half Adam Webster (calf) and midfielder Lallana (thigh) also suffering injuries.

Lallana's injury came after they had made three blocks of substitutions so they played the last five minutes a player short.

Brighton's players were booed during their 0-0 home draw against Leeds on Saturday, even though the club are on course to beat the 13th place they secured in the old Division One in 1981-82, their highest ever position.

But Graham Potter was delighted with their effort and resilience on Wednesday.

'Brighton fight to the end' - Potter on 'fantastic' point

He said: "There's a really good spirit in the team and the club, we will fight until the end. We were down to 10 but still scored and the performance deserved that.

"It's a fantastic point. The trick is to turn possession into goal chances and it's not easy to do against West Ham as Soucek and Rice defend the box very well.

"You have no divine right to win matches, you have to earn them. But we're picking up points and you have to keep going on. We want to win and will try again on Saturday."

Tomas Soucek
Since his Premier League debut in February 2020, only Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin (eight) and Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke (seven) have scored more headed goals in the competition than Tomas Soucek (six)

After West Ham's goal, the visitors had chances to equalise but Jakub Moder's shot was saved by Lukasz Fabianski before Dunk headed just wide from the resulting corner.

Immediately after the restart Solly March's deflected effort was tipped over by Fabianski with the Poland international also saving another Dunk header.

But they got their goal when a cross from substitute Tariq Lamptey found Maupay and his excellent finish secured a point.

Player of the match

DuffyShane Duffy

with an average of 7.69

West Ham United

  1. Squad number41Player nameRice
    Average rating

    7.16

  2. Squad number20Player nameBowen
    Average rating

    7.14

  3. Squad number28Player nameSoucek
    Average rating

    7.01

  4. Squad number8Player nameFornals
    Average rating

    6.80

  5. Squad number1Player nameFabianski
    Average rating

    6.73

  6. Squad number10Player nameLanzini
    Average rating

    6.65

  7. Squad number4Player nameZouma
    Average rating

    6.59

  8. Squad number5Player nameCoufal
    Average rating

    6.59

  9. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma
    Average rating

    6.44

  10. Squad number15Player nameDawson
    Average rating

    6.37

  11. Squad number31Player nameJohnson
    Average rating

    6.32

  12. Squad number9Player nameAntonio
    Average rating

    6.22

  13. Squad number26Player nameMasuaku
    Average rating

    5.27

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number24Player nameDuffy
    Average rating

    7.69

  2. Squad number2Player nameLamptey
    Average rating

    7.60

  3. Squad number3Player nameCucurella
    Average rating

    6.74

  4. Squad number8Player nameBissouma
    Average rating

    6.68

  5. Squad number5Player nameDunk
    Average rating

    6.65

  6. Squad number20Player nameMarch
    Average rating

    6.34

  7. Squad number11Player nameTrossard
    Average rating

    6.33

  8. Squad number14Player nameLallana
    Average rating

    6.33

  9. Squad number15Player nameModer
    Average rating

    6.32

  10. Squad number9Player nameMaupay
    Average rating

    6.24

  11. Squad number1Player nameSánchez
    Average rating

    6.00

  12. Squad number34Player nameVeltman
    Average rating

    5.97

  13. Squad number4Player nameWebster
    Average rating

    5.81

  14. Squad number60Player nameSarmiento
    Average rating

    5.69

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 15Dawson
  • 4Zouma
  • 31Johnson
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 20Bowen
  • 8FornalsSubstituted forMasuakuat 77'minutes
  • 22BenrahmaSubstituted forLanziniat 76'minutes
  • 9AntonioBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 10Lanzini
  • 11Vlasic
  • 13Areola
  • 16Noble
  • 23Diop
  • 26Masuaku
  • 33Král
  • 64Perkins

Brighton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sánchez
  • 34VeltmanSubstituted forLampteyat 70'minutes
  • 4WebsterSubstituted forDuffyat 36'minutes
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Cucurella
  • 15Moder
  • 8Bissouma
  • 60SarmientoSubstituted forMarchat 13'minutes
  • 14LallanaSubstituted forat 85'minutes
  • 11Trossard
  • 9MaupayBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Lamptey
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 12Mwepu
  • 13Groß
  • 20March
  • 23Steele
  • 24Duffy
  • 27Locadia
  • 33Burn
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
59,626

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  3. Booking

    Michail Antonio (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

  6. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Yves Bissouma.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vladimir Coufal (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Tariq Lamptey.

  9. Post update

    Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United).

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kurt Zouma (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Robert Sánchez.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Declan Rice with a through ball.

  14. Booking

    Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! West Ham United 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Tariq Lamptey with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  17. Post update

    Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Jakub Moder (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United).

  20. Post update

    Adam Lallana went off injured after Brighton and Hove Albion had used all subs.

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