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Dismal Hammers well beaten… again

West Ham turned in a dismal performance at the London Stadium on Sunday as they lost 2-0 to Brighton, leaving them without a win, and without a goal, in three league games.

The Hammers rarely threatened against Graham Potter’s side, who have been something of a bogey team for the Irons; they have not beaten the Seagulls since 2012.

Thilo Kehrer made his debut after signing for the club from PSG earlier this week but he conceded a penalty within the first 20 minutes.

He threw himself into a slide tackle on Danny Welbeck in the box, and Alexis Mac Allister scored the spot-kick, sending Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way.

There really wasn’t anything else of note in the first half, but on the hour mark David Moyes made a tactical change. He threw Gianluca Scamacca on for Pablo Fornals, essentially tasking him with partnering Mikey Antonio up front in a 4-4-2 formation.

It felt like a fatal error, as Brighton began to dominate and scored five minutes later. A brilliant Seagulls move led to Pascal Gross sending Leandro Trossard through on goal with a beautiful flick. He beat Fabianski one-on-one and made it 2-0.

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Solly March should have added a third on the 78th minute but headed over when unmarked at the back post.

Tomas Soucek did force Robert Sanchez into two saves late on with two powerful headers but this was a desperate performance from the Hammers and there will also be concern over Vlad Coufal.

He had to be substituted after sustaining what appeared to be a really nasty head injury, and he had to be helped off the pitch by the medical staff, being replaced by Ben Johnson.

It’s now three games without a win in the Premier League. Something needs to change, particularly when it comes to adding creativity to the team. The Hammers threatened all to rarely and this was a really simple afternoon’s work for Brighton. Awful.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

10 comments on “Dismal Hammers well beaten… again

  1. 5 points from the last 30 available shows that Moyes has to change his thinking or he has to go….Players looking uninterested and all at sea and Hoofball returns….maybe if he tried winning a game instead of trying not to lose would be an idea but sadly little will change and we are in for a long season of relegation dogfighting

    • Moyes has been ‘protected’ by the summer as the Hammer’s poor form stretches way bay to before Christmas (with the odd positive blip)
      He’s been found out and found wanting by playing a stale counter attacking game with largely older and tired players (knackered by over training – in my view).
      But what really , really annoys me is his refusal to take any personal blame when it goes wrong, on the contrary he seems to always publicly throw the players under the bus in increasingly pathetic attempts to sidestep his own shortcomings. Three more losses and he’ll be gone and the way it’s going who’s to say zero points from 6 games is not a price worth paying for his removal!? Rant over

      • Agree totally, and its Benrahma who is always the scapegoat…….even when he is the best of a poor bunch

  2. Absolutely abismal display again today…….
    No intensity
    No confidence
    No plan B from Moyes……. AGAIN….So predictable
    The players looked really leggy & a million miles away from match fitness
    Something doesn’t seem right at the moment.
    Its a 328 mile round trip for me from Grimsby.
    I doubt i will be doing it anytime sgain soon untill perfomances improve drastically !!!!

  3. Very sluggish no press and when West Ham got the ball all they did was hit it long to Brighton’s defence, great tactics Dave.

  4. Really poor again today. Moyes says weve gone ‘stale’ yet continues playing the same line up with the same tactics.
    Is it not the mark of insanity to keep trying the same thing and expect different results.

  5. Absolutely didn’t go 2 up top today. He put Antonio out wide left and subs him 5 mins later. Joke tactics.

    One win in 10. 5 points in 30. One win against an already relegated side.

  6. No energy , not enough running , slow pedestrian passing . If we think we can roll up and turn teams over think again much more effort needed . Not good enough , slow !

  7. What odds are the bookies giving on Wharburton finishing the season as WHU manager? Might be worth a punt.

  8. Moyes as taken us far enough he’s never won anything & this season cracks are starting to show to many old guard Fabiianski Cresswell Antonio etc let’s take a leaf out of what Arsenal have or are doing signing young hungry players who play for Arteta not the money

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