West Ham missed out on the Europa League as Brighton produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Michail Antonio opened the scoring in the 40th minute before Joel Veltman equalized in the 50th minute. Pascal Gross gave the home side the lead in the 80th minute before Danny Welback completed the scoring in stoppage time.
Brighton: Sanchez (7), Cucurella (7), Webster (7), Dunk (7), Bissouma (6), Mac Allister (7), Gross (8), Welbeck (8), March (8), Caicedo (7), Veltman (8).
Subs: Lamptey (6), Maupay (6), Mwepu (6).
West Ham: Fabianski (5), Cresswell (5), Zouma (5), Coufal (6), Fornals (6), Antonio (7), Lanzini (6), Dawson (5), Bowen (6), Soucek (6), Rice (6).
Subs: Yarmolenko (n/a), Noble (n/a), Johnson (n/a)
Man of the match: Joel Veltman
Brighton head coach Graham Potter: “I’m incredibly proud, it’s been a fantastic group to work with, everybody behind the scenes. It’s amazing for us to finish where we have. It hasn’t been straightforward, with ups and downs, but we stuck together and we can be really proud of what we’ve done. We were disappointed at half-time, didn’t play to the level I think we can. A couple of adjustments and the boys were fantastic in the second half, got on the front foot a bit more, and created chances. To score three goals coming back from a goal down is brilliant. It sums up their character and spirit.”
West Ham manager David Moyes: “We’re pleased with how the players performed throughout the season so, disappointed today. We didn’t play well, especially in the second half, but the players have done really well this year. You want the players to be tougher than that, we’ve had a lot of resilience through the year and we didn’t show that in the second half when we were 1-0 up. We had a great chance of winning today and put ourselves in a great chance of winning but, unlike us, we didn’t fulfill that and follow it through.”
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