Manager David Moyes said he was “angry” with West Ham after they let slip a two-goal lead to draw with fellow Premier League strugglers Brighton.
Issa Diop gave the hosts the lead when he poked home from Robert Snodgrass’ free-kick, before Snodgrass doubled the advantage with a powerful shot from inside the area.
Brighton responded when West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski punched Gross’ corner off Angelo Ogbonna’s shoulder and into his own net, but Snodgrass’ long-range drive put West Ham in control at London Stadium.
The visitors fought back again as Pascal Gross prodded home before the video assistant referee (VAR) awarded Glenn Murray’s dramatic late equaliser despite the striker initially appearing to handle the ball in the process.
“I’m angry and the players know I’m disappointed,” Moyes said.
“In the main we were very good but for a couple of really silly mistakes. We offered a threat, as did they. The performance was good but it’s tarnished by a couple of mistakes.
“We gave them a leg-up for 3-1 with the own goal, and we gave them a massive leg-up with 20 minutes to go.”
“Their effort was huge. I just feel playing Liverpool on Wednesday night and fatigue played a part in the second half.”
Brighton’s comeback kept them 15th in the table but West Ham slipped into the relegation zone to 18th as out-of-form Bournemouth beat Aston Villa.
West Ham fail to see game out
Since returning to the club on 30 December, Moyes has now led West Ham to only one league win from six matches, while they were been knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side West Brom.
Watford’s resurgence under Nigel Pearson and Villa’s recent victories has made the bottom of the table a hectic place.
As Moyes aims to preserve West Ham’s top-flight status for a second time, he will be disappointed with how his side ended a game they looked destined to win.
Despite a fine debut from Tomas Soucek alongside Snodgrass and Michail Antonio in midfield, West Ham’s defensive frailties in the final 15 minutes proved to be their downfall.
This week the club said staying in the Premier League is “an absolute necessity”, and for 75 minutes the players showed the urgency on the pitch that their situation off it demanded.
With the bottom of the table as tight as it is, however, letting two points slip may prove costly come the end of the season.
Brighton’s inspired late comeback
Although Brighton remain two points off the bottom three, they ended a run of three successive away league defeats.
They did so despite looking lost and struggling for answers after Snodgrass’ second.
After Ogbonna’s own goal and Gross taking advantage of some poor defending, it was left to Murray to make a late impact.
The 36-year-old, making his first start since September, was on the periphery for much of the game until he made the difference when it counted.
Replays showed the ball hit Murray’s side with him unmarked in the West Ham box, and he fired home with ease to give Brighton what could be a valuable point in their fight for survival.
Man of the match – Robert Snodgrass
‘We pushed and pushed’ – reaction
Brighton manager Graham Potter: “I’m very proud of the players – proud of their reaction to being down in the game. We had to suffer a bit.
“Mistakes don’t just happen on their own. Something has to force them to happen. We pushed and pushed.
“In the second half the game was played in the opposition half and their keeper has made more saves than ours.”
On the death of his father on Thursday: “It’s been tough. Thankfully I’ve had a lot of support from the club. My father was proud of me and proud of what I did, so it was my job to do it the best I can.”
West Ham’s torrid record against Brighton – stats
- West Ham remain without a win against Brighton in the Premier League (D3 L3), with their most recent victory coming in April 2012 in the Championship (6-0).
- West Ham have beaten 46 of the 48 opponents they have faced in the Premier League, with Brighton and Swindon Town being the only exceptions.
- West Ham have lost more points from winning positions than any other Premier League side this season (19), while they failed to win a Premier League game in which they were leading by two or more goals for the first time since October 2017 against Crystal Palace (2-2).
- This was the third time Brighton have avoided defeat in a Premier League game when trailing by at least goals, coming back to draw 2-2 against Fulham and Southampton in September 2018.
- All three of Issa Diop’s Premier League goals for West Ham have been assisted by Robert Snodgrass.
- Snodgrass scored and assisted in the same Premier League game for the first time since December 2016, for Hull against Crystal Palace, while Saturday’s was his first brace in the competition.
- Nine of Snodgrass’ 11 Premier League assists for West Ham have come at London Stadium, including each of his past eight games.
- Glenn Murray has scored 26.3% of Brighton’s Premier League goals (26/99). Only Neil Redfearn for Barnsley (27% – 10/37) has scored a higher percentage of a single team’s goals in the competition.
Brighton face Watford at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, 8 February (17:30 GMT), while West Ham welcome champions Manchester City to London Stadium on Sunday, 9 February (16:30).