David Moyes furious that West Ham do not qualify for the Europa League | premier league

David Moyes furious that West Ham do not qualify for the Europa League | premier league

West Ham squandered the chance to snatch a spectacular Europa League comeback after squandering a lead to lose 3-1 to Brighton at the Amex Stadium. David Moyes’ side, who suffered heartbreak in the semi-finals of the continental competition just over two weeks ago, were on course to lift Manchester United into sixth after Michail Antonio’s superb opener at the 40th minute.

However, second-half goals from Joel Veltman, Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck turned the game in Brighton’s favor to prevent West Ham from capitalizing on Manchester United’s 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.

The east London club have to settle for a place in next season’s Europa Conference League after a result saw Brighton clinch a top spot in the top half of the table. premier league. It is the highest position in the league in the club’s 121-year history.

West Ham arrived on the south coast assured of at least seventh place but just two points behind Manchester United. Moyes remained with the side that started last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City, while defender Adam Webster replaced injured Leandro Trossard for the hosts.

Brighton started brighter and threatened from the start by Moisés Caicedo. But the visitors grew in the game and, shortly after the traveling supporters celebrated Manchester United’s delay at Selhurst Park, they took the lead five minutes before the break with their first attempt on target.

Antonio did the damage, overtaking Lewis Dunk at the edge of Brighton’s penalty area after Vladimir Coufal’s throw-in before launching a superb left-footed effort into the top left corner.

Michail Antonio propels West Ham into the lead
Michail Antonio propels West Ham ahead with a spectacular strike. Photo: Rob Newell/CameraSport/Getty Images

Graham Potter reacted to the half-time deficit by bringing in striker Neal Maupay in place of midfielder Yves Bissouma. The attacking alteration had the desired impact as the hosts equalized five minutes after the break, helped by a blunder by West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Gross crossed from the left and, after being tackled by Solly March, defender Veltman made a weak effort past Fabianski to score his first goal of the season.

Brighton continued to have the best of the game. After Welbeck and Webster each flashed efforts from just off target, Gross gave them a deserved lead 10 minutes from time.

The midfielder, who is out of contract this summer but is set to agree a new deal, turned just inside West Ham’s penalty area before launching a left-footed effort beyond from Fabianski and high in the net.

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Moyes responded by bringing in longtime club captain Mark Noble for his last appearance before retirement, as well as Andriy Yarmolenko. Yet Brighton remained the more threatening side and should have put the result beyond doubt when the unmarked Welbeck – who, like Gross, is set to sign a contract extension – headed straight for Fabianski late .

The striker shrugged off that injury-time miss, nodding forcefully into Gross’ corner to secure a positive end to a memorable season for Brighton, while leaving the visitors with some regrets ahead of their short trip back to the capital city.

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