Brighton Hove and Albion recorded their third win of the campaign as the newly promoted party-town club of England thumped perennial Premier League competitors, West Ham United, 3-0 away to London.
Brighton took an early lead through new signing Glenn Murray with yet another assist from Pascal Gross, who has moved to 4 assists for the season already. Brighton dominated most of the game and took a deserved lead when Gross laid the ball on a platter for Premier League veteran Murray, who calmly slotted the ball home.
West Ham started with a strong side, with Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio all in the first XI, and with Chicarito up front. West Ham were expected to challenge the top 6 this season after making a number of acquisitions since the New Year, but progress has been slow and the pressure on Slaven Bilic keeps on mounting.
Following the defeat against Brighton, the Hammers slipped to 17th in the table and are in real danger of ending the weekend in the relegation zone.
Jose Izquierdo was a star performer for Brighton. He made it 2-0 with a superb solo run and finish. Picking up the ball on the wing, Izquierdo laced through his shot from the edge of the box which Joe Hart could only parry into his own net. With the game all but lost, West Ham threw bodies forward, only to expose themselves at the back and it led to a third goal, this time from the oenalty spot after Murray was brought down in the box.
With an emphatic 3-0 win, Albion now move into the top half of the table, albeit provisionally, and are flying high just like their other two newly promoted counterparts. The London club need to improve soon and Bilic needs to find that winning formula otherwise a team expected to challenge for a European spot can be relegated.
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