Robert Snodgrass was keen to point out what some had already suggested – that the Hammers met a different kind of Brighton and Hove Albion yesterday than we have seen previously.
It’s all well and good talking about “beating lesser teams” but the game evolves from season to season so deciding who those lesser teams maybe is a tricky business at best.
It was pretty clear throughout that this is an improving team under a new manager who wants to play purer football than that with which the the club has been associated in the past.
And high on the confidence of a 3-0 opening day win at Watford they were well up for our visit yesterday but found the Hammers unready to cave in and were forced to fight back after we went in front.
Snoddy is a pragmatic professional and was pleased with the point which came about after the manager decided to go two up in the second half.
He told https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2019/august/18-august/snodgrass-we-needed-reaction: “It’s a different sort of Brighton we’re setting this season. They’re trying to play from the back, and when you have three tall lads at the back you don’t usually see that.
“We adapted to it [after] the first half and I thought we did well after half time. Obviously we took the lead, we then conceded a goal which we’ll take a look at.
“We probably did need more going forward [than we showed in the first half] and that’s why the manager went with two up top in the second half.
“We caused them more problems after that. The manager wasn’t happy with our forward play, he changed things and that’s what top managers do.
“We had to have a reaction from last week. On another day we could have won the game – I had a chance towards the end, Antonio too, but it’s football.
“You prepare throughout the week to try and get three points. Today it wasn’t, but we got a point on the board which is good for us.”