On a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Amex Stadium, Brighton & Hove Albion put on a masterclass of attacking football to beat West Ham United 4-0.
The Seagulls were in complete control from the first whistle, with Alexis Mac Allister and Aaron Connolly both scoring in the first half. The second half saw further goals from Steven Alzate and substitute Tariq Lamptey, as Brighton ran out comfortable winners.
The result was a huge boost for Graham Potter’s side, who had been struggling for form in recent weeks. It was also a huge blow for West Ham, who have now lost four of their last five Premier League games and are in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle.
The game started at a frenetic pace, with Brighton dominating possession and creating a number of chances. The breakthrough came in the 18th minute, when Mac Allister fired home a superb strike from the edge of the box.
The goal seemed to give Brighton a huge boost, and they soon doubled their lead. This time it was Connolly who was the hero, as he latched onto a through ball from Mac Allister and fired home from close range.
West Ham were shell-shocked, and Brighton continued to dominate. They added a third goal just before half-time, when Alzate fired home from the edge of the box.
The second half saw Brighton continue to dominate, and they added a fourth goal in the 65th minute. This time it was substitute Lamptey who was the hero, as he fired home from close range after being set up by Mac Allister.
The result was a huge boost for Brighton, who have now moved up to 11th in the Premier League table. It was also a huge blow for West Ham, who are now just four points above the relegation zone.
The result piles further pressure on manager David Moyes, who has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks. The Hammers have now lost four of their last five Premier League games, and the pressure is mounting on the Scot.
For Brighton, the result was a huge boost and a reminder of the quality they possess. Mac Allister and Lamptey were both outstanding, while Connolly and Alzate also impressed.
The Seagulls will now be looking to build on this result and push on up the table. With the quality they possess, they should have no trouble doing so.