David Moyes admitted West Ham never reached the level of the game at Brighton but declared: “There was no way we would have got through to the end of the season without defeat.”
He explained: “We hadn’t lost for five and six games but we really didn’t match Brighton this afternoon and we need to get right back on it.
“I don’t know what went wrong and if we did we would put it right immediately. We had our chances but it’s all part of football and we just have to press on.
“We have lifted ourselves away from the bottom of the table but it’s tightening up again and we have to make sure we start winning games again.”