West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic felt his team played some good football in the first half at the London Stadium, but highlighted the timing of Brighton & Hove Albion’s goal on a disappointing night for the Hammers.
Albion moved three points clear of the east London club with an impressive 3-0 victory on Friday night, and Bilic expressed his disappointment after his team were well beaten by the Seagulls.
“We put a lot of balls in the box, but they defended really well and we conceded the second one from a good bit of individual skill from their player.
“We tried to come back, but it’s very difficult for me to say anything clever now. All I can say is that it was very disappointing and frustrating. As manager, I take full responsibility for that.”
Two goals from Glenn Murray and a first-half strike from Jose Izquierdo sealed victory for Chris Hughton’s team, and Bilic applauded Albion for taking advantage of West Ham’s open style of play.
“We started the game with good shape and good confidence, but then they score and it’s 1-0 for them and it gives them a boost.
“We played good football in the first half, then they scored a second one, and it’s affected the way we played the game.
“We were playing good football, but we were very sterile. On the contrary, they exposed the situations when we left space, which was because we wanted to take risks.
“They were lethal and used it in the best possible way for them.”