Moyes critical of Hammers defending as vital home points are dropped

West Ham United 3-3 Brighton & Hove Albion – Reaction

Vital points dropped, letting a seemingly unassailable lead slip, questions over a VAR call and the ultimate disappointment, slipping into the relegation zone. There was certainly plenty for David Moyes to chew the fat over after his West Ham United side were pegged back by fellow strugglers, Brighton & Hove Albion, in what was a thrilling Premier League encounter at the London Stadium.

The Hammers appeared to be on ‘easy street’ after first-half goals from Issa Diop and Robert Snodgrass sent the home side in two goals to the good.

And despite an own-goal from Angelo Ogbonna immediately after the interval handing the Seagulls a lifeline, another deflected strike from Snodgrass appeared to have sealed the points.

But in a disastrous finale, Pascale Gross profited from Diop’s woeful header home. And then, following a lengthy VAR check, Glenn Murray continued to haunt the Hammers with the games talking point leveller.

The 36-year-old frontman racing away in celebration, seemingly, the only person in the ground convinced that he hadn’t handled before firing home from close range. However, referee Michael Oliver was invited to overturn his initial decision to chalk off the goal – footage suggesting the ball struck his midriff as opposed to his forearm.

“When I first went over I was told it’s handball and I had a feeling that this is going to be alright and then suddenly it changed,” Moyes explained.

“I’ve seen the goal but I’ve not looked closely at his control.”

The Scotsman was altogether more unhappy with his backline: “I’ve looked at the goal and I’m more disappointed at my defender than I am with VAR,” the Scotsman bemoaned.

“VAR should never have been even close to being involved it as we should have cleared it and it should have been easy. It’s nearly as bad as the second goal.”

Moyes did well to hide his frustration after seeing his charges drop int the bottom three: “I’m angry – I’ve told them and they know I’m disappointed with how it went on,” he continued.

“I don’t want the team to feel I’m disappointed with how we’ve done things at times – but not with the team as their effort today was humongous.

“Their effort in the first half was fantastic. I just felt as if Wednesday night played a part in it come the second half as there was a lot of fatigue in us and we gave them a leg up twice out of nothing.”

On the performance of debutant, Tomas Soucek, Moyes added: “I think today Tomas was very unlucky not to score a couple of goals as he was in the box.

“His effort was something we’re glad to see as it’s someone who will get in the box from midfield and score goals here. I think for his debut you’d have to say that he did really well.”

Brian Jeeves

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