Brighton vs West Ham final score: Hammers miss chance to finish sixth

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Bright beat West Ham on the final day of the season as the Hammers finished in seventh and missed the chance to qualify for the Europa League.

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Michail Antonio put West Ham 1-0 up in the first half but Brighton scored three times in the second half through Joel Veltman, Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck.

The win sees Brighton finish in ninth place on 52 points, their highest-ever finish and points tally in the Premier League. West Ham finish in seventh on 56 points, two points below sixth-place Manchester United.

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Brighton vs West Ham final score, stats

Brighton 3-1 West Ham

Goals scored: Antonio 40′, Veltman 50′, Gross 80′, Welbeck 90+2′

Shots: Brighton 18, West Ham 7

Shots on target: Brighton 7, West Ham 2

Possession: Brighton 51, West Ham 49


Three things we learned from Brighton vs West Ham

1. Hammers’ fine season fades away: They will be disappointed they didn’t win on the final day to finish sixth but this was still a great season. West Ham have finished sixth and seventh in their last two seasons and David Moyes has done a fine job. However, the lack of squad depth really showed up late in the season as they lost in the Europa League semifinals and came up short with just two wins from their final nine games. West Ham will still be in the Europa Conference League next season but this was an opportunity missed as they’ve looked sluggish in the last month.

2. Seagulls on their way up: In contrast the Seagulls are soaring high as Graham Potter’s side finished the season in fine fashion after five wins from their last eight games. Brighton finished in ninth place. Ninth. They did it by playing an attractive style of football and when they’re on, they’re nearly unplayable. Potter just needs to find some more clinical finishing and a European push is a very real possibility next season.

3. Can Hammers keep hold of Rice, Bowen?: This is tough to say right at the end of a season but with no Europa League, can West Ham keep hold of their two star players? Declan Rice has yet to sign a new contract and Jarrod Bowen is wanted by the PL’s top clubs as he is surely soon to become an England international. If Moyes is going to keep West Ham in the top six battle in the coming years then the board need to push the boat out to sign Rice and Bowen to long-term contracts. They are the key to all of this success.

Man of the Match: Pascal Gross – Made Brighton tick and got a late goal and an assist. He’s back to his best.


Hammers go ahead

Brighton started well and forced Lukasz Fabianski into a few low saves at his near post.

Most of the first half was a midfield battle but West Ham improved before half time and took the lead.

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Antonio turned superbly and smashed home from the edge of the box to send the away fans wild.

Big mistake from Fabianski as Seagulls soar

At the start of the second half Joel Veltman made it 1-1 as he popped up at the back post after a fluid Brighton move and somehow squeezed the shot home past Fabianski.

Brighton then scored a couple of goals late on to win it.

Pascal Gross made it 2-1 and Danny Welbeck made it 3-1 in stoppage time to seal a fine win and a fine season for the Seagulls.