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Brighton thrashes West Ham 3-0

on Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:46 am
Brighton thrashes West Ham 3-0

West Ham United's Javier Hernandez in action with Brighton's Mathew Ryan. REUTERS
LONDON: Brighton and Hove Albion won a top flight away match for the first time in 34 years when they stunned West Ham United 3-0 at the London Stadium in the Premier league on Friday. SBOBET

Striker Glenn Murray scored a brace and Jose Izquierdo curled in a shot from outside the box to lift promoted Brighton to 10th in the standings, leaving West Ham in 17th just above the relegation zone.

It was also a first top flight win in four years for their manager Chris Hughton, who had last presided over a Premier League away win in charge of Norwich City.

Brighton's Glenn Murray celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates. REUTERS
Brighton made a bright start and deservedly went in front after 10 minutes when Murray headed a free kick by Pascal Gross into Joe Hart’s net.

Izquierdo increased their lead in first half added time with a curling shot from outside the box that beat Hart’s dive, a hammer blow to the visitors who had improved and looked more likely to equalise.

Murray completed the rout with a penalty in the 75th minute after he was brought down by Pablo Zabaleta.

West Ham United's Jose Fonte (left), Pablo Zabaleta (2nd left) and Cheikhou Kouyate react as Brighton's Jose Izquierdo (right) celebrates after scoring their second goal. AFP SBOBET
Brighton defended resolutely during West Ham’s best spell in the latter stages of the first half but the home side lacked a cutting edge in the box with suspended striker Andy Carroll watching from the stands.

Brighton's Glenn Murray scores their third goal from the penalty spot. REUTERS
Manuel Lanzini come closest for the Hammers with a free kick in the 65th minute but the team’s poor showing overall had fans filing out of the ground long before the final whistle. --REUTERSSBOBET

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