Frustration for Hammers as Seagulls strike late

West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion – Premier League – London Stadium – Reaction

West Ham United 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Abject frustration seems to be the norm when West Ham United face Brighton these days. And this time proved to be no different.

Neal Maulpay’s spectacular late strike cancelled out Tomas Soucek’s early opener to extend the Seagulls unbeaten sequence against the Hammers to nine. Meanwhile, the home side was left counting the cost of missed opportunities and a goal bizarrely chalked off, despite the evidence to those at Stockley Park.

David Moyes remained pragmatic: “I don’t think we played well but we made enough chances to probably nick the game but I think the draw was the right result,” the Scotsman explained.

“Brighton played well, which made it difficult for us like they have done in the past as well. We had enough opportunities to probably get the game won and obviously there was a big call for VAR which you would probably expect me not to agree with but I think I have real reasons for not agreeing with it.

“I hope they’re able to explain exactly why the goal was ruled out because for everybody who’s watched it is nearly impossible to rule the goal out so I’m disappointed that that didn’t go in the favour of the team who scored the goal.”

Moyes was as confused as anyone else by VAR’s take on the disallowed goal, adding: “The referee can’t do much about that – He didn’t see it.

“I think from his understanding he probably saw it as a goal the only people who can make those calls are VAR.

“So whoever was doing the VAR tonight had to decide why they would chalk a goal off and make that decision so I am hoping that somebody in there will come out and show exactly why the reason why they chalked it off because – for me – the last touch comes off Shane Duffy’s leg and goes into the net, and that was the reason why I saw it as a goal to us.”

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Brian Jeeves

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