Brighton and Hove Albion 1 West Ham 0: Murray downs resurgent Hammers

West Ham's resurgent form came to an end on Friday, as Glenn Murray struck to give Brighton and Hove Albion all three points.

Glenn Murray celebrates a goal against West Ham   -  Getty Images

Brighton and Hove Albion recorded its first Premier League win since August 19 on Friday as it overcame West Ham 1-0 on Friday.

Glenn Murray's sixth goal in seven appearances against the Hammers was enough to secure all three points for Chris Hughton's side and end a six-game run without a victory.

West Ham came into the game at the Amex Stadium on the back of an encouraging upturn in form, in which it has drawn with Chelsea, beaten Manchester United and put eight goals past Macclesfield Town in the EFL Cup.

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However, Manuel Pellegrini's side could muster only four shots on target as it slipped to a fourth defeat in a row, away to Brighton in England's top flight.

An even contest swung Brighton's way 25 minutes in, when Murray finished smartly first time from six yards out after Beram Kayal picked him out with a cross from the left.

Pedro Obiang bounced a shot over the bar after Bruno reacted well to deny Marko Arnautovic, but opportunities were scarce for the Hammers in a frustrating first half.

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The visitor's pressure was ramped up after the break as Brighton struggled to get the ball out of their half, with Fabian Balbuena heading wide from scarcely five yards out in front of travelling fans who sensed an equaliser.

West Ham began to look exposed at the back in its pursuit of a leveller, though, with Murray missing two half-chances with his head in the space of two minutes, the latter coming after some fine play from Solly March.

The lively Arnautovic continued to threaten, but Brighton held firm for an important result that turns the heat back up on Pellegrini, despite substitute Jurgen Locadia seeing a late tap-in ruled out for offside.

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Brighton's poor run since that famous 3-2 win over Manchester United in August had left it only three points above the relegation zone, but this result has moved it onto eight points from as many matches and just two off the top 10 in the table.

West Ham, which stays on seven points after a fifth loss in eight matches, could drop as low as 17th heading into the international break if Fulham and Southampton claim unlikely wins over Arsenal and Chelsea this weekend.

Duffy dominant 

Brighton announced only hours before kick-off that centre-back partners Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy had signed new five-year contracts.

Both repaid that faith with their performances on Friday, but it was Duffy who was especially imperious, making four clearances, two interceptions and two blocks to help stifle West Ham.

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Yarmolenko adrift in West Ham's fluid attack

Pellegrini has done well to cultivate a lot of movement in his side's attacking play, but Andriy Yarmolenko looks to be floundering a little.

The 28-year-old had the lowest passing accuracy in the final third of any of the Hammers' starting forward line, while he regularly seemed to run into space in which Arnautovic was already trying to make things happen.

Key Opta facts:
- Brighton has won all four of its home top-flight matches against West Ham.
- West Ham has lost all three of its Premier League meetings with Brighton, losing with a different manager each time (Slaven Bilic, David Moyes and Pellegrini).
- Only Eden Hazard (6) has scored more Premier League goals in the 2018-19 season than Murray (5).
- Brighton's Spanish full-back Bruno became just the second outfield player in the last five seasons to start a Premier League game aged 38 or older, along with Gareth McAuley.
- West Ham has lost seven of its last 10 away Premier League games (W2 D1).
- Friday's result means 27 per cent of Brighton's wins in the Premier League have come against West Ham (3 of 11).

What's next?

Brighton returns from the international break to make the long trip to the north east to face Newcastle United on October 20. West Ham, meanwhile, faces Tottenham in a London derby at home on the same day.

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