Moyes must get Antonio firing as West Ham pay price for profligacy again


avid Moyes was once again left to rue wasted chances as West Ham dropped vital points in their battle for the top four.

After back-to-back defeats following the international break and with Chelsea to come on Saturday, a return to winning ways seemed crucial here but the Hammers were powerless to stop a superb late goal from Neal Maupay which earned Brighton a deserved point and snatched two away from the hosts.

Moyes had wanted to see more from his attacking players after two stodgy showings against Wolves and Manchester City and would have hoped they were going to kick on and put on a show after Tomas Soucek headed in after just five minutes.

The midfielder, who had not scored since the opening day victory at Newcastle, rose at the near post to flick a wicked Pablo Fornals corner over the helpless Robert Sanchez in the Brighton goal.

From there, however, West Ham were unable to seize control of midfield and struggled to take advantage of chances on the break despite the space afforded to them on the counter-attack.

Graham Potter’s side were pressing high and forcing mistakes, with Kurt Zouma caught on the ball and the West Ham defence still looking a little shaky in the absence of Angelo Ogbonna.

West Ham did at least manage to create some openings after their struggles since the international break, but still lacked the cutting edge to finish them off.

Fornals volleyed onto the crossbar while Jarrod Bowen fired wide on the counter after the break – missed chances that would come back to bite them.

Manuel Lanzini added some spark late on and will be hoping to earn a start against Chelsea, but still Moyes needs more from his forwards.

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