WATCH: WEST HAM 0-3 BRIGHTON
Slaven Bilic has been and gone in the West Ham media centre. He was in sombre mood and let out a big sigh as he left the room.
Here's the best lines....
“We felt this was going to be the game to bring back the
confidence – we looked good in the week in preparation.”
“We were too ordinary in front of the box – nothing special.
We was waiting for the ball to drop to us.”
“I’m not going to pinpoint players in the media. I take full
responsibility. I’m not happy with the performance.”
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"The board will do what they are going to do. It is their
decision. We have been in this situation before and we got out. As a manager
you take the credit and as a manager you take the full responsibility. I don’t want to hide.
"I’m not worried [about the sack]. I’m doing my best."
BILIC ON THE PERFORMANCE
The West Ham manager has been speaking to Sky Sports...
"It was a bad performance. The goals killed us, the first one
very quick. Between the first and second goal we were dominating the game.
defended the box really good and at the end of the first half we conceded from
a bit of skill from their player. It is very hard for me to say anything clever
in this moment apart from it’s very disappointing.
"As manager I take full responsibility."
NEVILLE ON ARNAUTOVIC
Gary Neville was scathing on Marko Arnautovic...
"I have only ever played with one player that had an excuse
not to track back and that was Cristiano Ronaldo. He scored 40 goals in a
"That guy [Arnautovic] is Ronaldo in his own mind. That’s the problem,
he thinks he is better than he is."
FONTE: VERY DISAPPOINTING
Here's West Ham defender Jose Fonte...
"Obviously very disappointing. Not the performance we wanted
to produce, not the performance the fans deserve. We need to look ourselves in
"It happened a few times last season and we have to put this right.
This is West Ham."
Video reaction on its way but here's a taste of Chris Hughton's delight - at a clean sheet as well as victory.
"I thought it was outstanding. A huge part of the game is how you defend. You can't stop all the crosses going in - they have really good quality - but you have to defend well. It gives you the platform to have chances yourself and we did that.
"I'm as pleased with the clean sheet as I am with the goals. We used the ball well, nullified the qualities they have and scored good goals ourselves. To come away with a clean sheet in this type of environment shows real quality, real discipline."
CARRA ON BRIGHTON
"It’s huge for Brighton. A lot of those Brighton players
haven’t been in the Premier League before so Chris Hughton will know how important psychologically
it is to pick up points on the road.
"You need that belief away from home. There
won’t be many easier three points than tonight."
The Brighton striker struck twice tonight and the man of the match has been speaking to Sky Sports...
"I'm delighted to get my chance and I think I have taken it. We have a great defensive unit, we spring to the wings well, and we have great wingers to supply me."
WEST HAM 0-3 BRIGHTON
All over at the London Stadium, where West Ham have been comprehensively beaten by an impressive Brighton.
Glenn Murray scored twice - one a header and another a penalty - while Jose Izquierdo opened his Premier League account with a stunner.
A superb night for the visitors, but a miserable evening for Slaven Bilic and his team. This was an awful performance.
The stadium was almost empty at the final whistle - apart from the away supporters - but the boos for the hosts were still audible.
90: THREE minutes of added time...
89: It's been a magnificent Brighton performance, led by a superb partnership between Dunk and Duffy at the heart of their defence.
Hernandez has not had a sniff for West Ham.
86: We are playing out these final minutes in front of a deserted London Stadium. Well, apart from a vocal Brighton contingent, bouncing up and down in the away end. What a trip this has been for them.
A first away victory in the Premier League and their first away top-flight league win since 1983.
84: SUB! Brighton make their final change as Knockaert is replaced by Schelotto.
81: That sums it up for West Ham. Hart tries to take a goal kick short and his defenders are asleep. It rolls out for a throw-in. Bilic stands arms crossed on the touchline. This is ugly.
77: SUB! Izzy Brown replaces Pascal Gross for Brighton.
GOAL! WEST HAM 0-3 BRIGHTON (Murray pen, 75)
Cool as you like from Murray as Hart dives full length to his right and the Brighton striker sticks it down the middle.
The West Ham fans have seen enough...
WEST HAM 0-2 BRIGHTON
75: PENALTY TO BRIGHTON! It might be three now! Bruno digs out a cross and Zabaleta gets caught underneath it. He can't recover quickly enough and his rash challenge brings down Murrray.
74: CHANCE! It should be three! Brilliant work by Knockaert as he leaves Lanzini and Reid for dead and picks the perfect pass for Murray. Hart makes himself big and smothers the shot. A good save.
SUB! Fernandes replaces Arnautovic for West Ham. The former Stoke man does not get a good reception from the home crowd, it's been a poor night...
73: West Ham are trying to pressure Brighton but the visitors are picking their passes well and playing it around their opponents. The Hammers look like they are tiring, it's been a dispiriting evening so far...
69: SUB! He scored Brighton's brilliant second but Izquierdo is now withdrawn, replaced by Solly March.
68: Bong times his challenge on Antonio perfectly and the two players start jawing before the resulting set-piece. If the Brighton man was a fraction late, that was a penalty.
Lanzini takes the corner and Dunk rises to clear again.
Brighton are now into 1/10 with Sky Bet as the hosts drift further to 40/1 to stage a recovery and claim all three points. The draw can be backed at 8/1 while a current PRICE BOOST is the score to remain 2-0 at 6/4 from 11/8. Get all the in-play odds here.
65: CLOSE! Better from Lanzini this time as his effort takes a slight deflection off the top of the wall and out for a corner. Ryan was scrambling.
The resulting corner is cleared by the visitors.
64: West Ham win another free-kick in a similar position as Knockaert fouls Ayew, who showed quick feet. Will it be Lanzini again? Arnautovic is lurking.
63: Dreadful. Lanzini takes it on from fully 34/35 yards and the playmaker blasts the ball well over the bar. More whistles from the crowd.
62: Reid takes matters into his own hands, charging forward and feeding Hernandez - something his midfielders have not done all game. The forward turns and is upended by Gross. West Ham free-kick in a good position...
60: The home crowd are not happy. There's whistles audible as Antonio takes a couple of poor touches and Hernandez can't chase it down.
58: There's Oles from the Brighton fans as their team keeps possession for a couple of minutes. Quite early for that...
56: OFFSIDE! It's another great delivery from Gross and Duffy rattles the post with a header. The assistant's flag is up though - correctly - because Duffy was a yard offside.
55: Arnautovic is having a nightmare. He gives the ball away cheaply on the right and then gives away a silly free-kick to compound the mistake. His frustration is really showing.
53: Better from Ayew and Lanzini as they work the ball to Masuaku, who wins a corner. He really should have beaten the first man, though.
Lanzini swings in the corner - Ryan flaps and is nowhere near it - but Obiang can't make contact at the back post. Bilic grits his teeth on the touchline.
51: Arnautovic has not actually endeared himself to West Ham fans since his move from Stoke - and his cross just then at the near post was awful. Straight at Ryan, who easily collected.
In the words of Jamie Carragher, he's been "really poor tonight".
49: Brighton's last away top-flight victory? March 1983 at The Vetch against Swansea. They are less than 45 minutes away from ending that run...
46: SUB! Bilic is making a change - Andre Ayew replaces Kouyate.
We are back under way for the second half...
NEVILLE'S HALF-TIME VERDICT
Gary Neville's been dissecting that half - and it's a scathing assessment of West Ham's display.
"The mentality in that first 20 minutes is shocking - you'll get your manager done.
"Concentration, urgency... nothing. Well done to Brighton but that's such a poor half from West Ham. It's woeful - the fans don't deserve what they saw in that first 20 minutes in particular."
Brighton on the brink of an upset and they are just 1/5 with Sky Bet to collect all three points. The hosts are right out to 14/1 with a draw 5/1 while among the HT PRICE BOOSTS is Hernandez and Arnautovic to both score at 20/1 from 18/1. Get all the in-play odds right here.
WATCH: HERNANDEZ GOES CLOSE
Brighton lead at the break thanks to goals by Murray and Izquierdo - a super away performance so far. West Ham go off to boos from the home crowd.
They need a big second half...
GOAL! WEST HAM 0-2 BRIGHTON (Izquierdo, 45+2)
What a goal! Brighton have their second and it's a stunner by Izquierdo.
The winger cuts inside from the left and curls a beauty past Hart - the Hammers 'keeper got a hand to it but couldn't keep it out.
A massive goal for Brighton - perfectly timed just before the break.
WEST HAM 0-1 BRIGHTON
45+2: SAVE! A massive stop by Hart! West Ham are carved open and Murray is through on goal but Hart beats it away. He should score.
45: CLOSE! Hernandez whistles a shot just wide from 22 yards. Ryan was scrambling in the Brighton goal but he probably had it covered.
TWO minutes of added time...
44: Bruno gives the ball away and Arnautovic drives forward but his low cross evades Antonio.
Brighton are on the ropes a little bit as we approach half-time.
42: OFFSIDE! A great pass by Obiang unlocks the Brighton defence - but Duffy and Dunk had their line right. Hernandez is just ahead of the play. Ryan smothered his effort anyway.
39: BLOCK! Brilliant by Duffy! The cross by Zabaleta comes in from the right and Hernandez looks free. He spins and fires a low shot on goal but Duffy is there to block for the visitors.
38: CHANCE! Gross picks out Knockaert with a fantastic low cross and Obiang almost brings the Brighton forward down in the box. But Knockaert stays on his feet - Obiang doesn't make contact - and Masuaku cleans up for West Ham.
31: It's all West Ham now and Chris Hughton looks a little anxious on the touchline. His team are doing well to close up the central avenues but Antonio is starting to get joy down the right...
Brighton take an early lead and have been trimmed into 11/10 by Sky Bet for all three points. The Hammers can be backed at 11/4 and a draw is 2/1 while Javier Hernandez has been PRICE BOOSTED to 11/2 from 9/2 to score the second goal of the game. Get all the in-play odds here.
26: The London Stadium comes to life as West Ham up the tempo, delivering a series of dangerous crosses into the Brighton box. The visitors stand firm and Propper eventually scrambles away for a corner.
Zabaleta's cross drops to Lanzini but Bong covers well for Brighton, conceding a corner. More desperate defending by Hughton's side keeps the score level. It took a while, but West Ham are well and truly in this game now...
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