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REPORT: WEST HAM UNITED 2 ALBION 2

2 January 2019

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Dale Stephens opens the scoring at the London Stadium.
  • Albion draw 2-2 against West Ham United
  • Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy on target
  • Marko Arnautovic scores a brace for the Hammers
  • The Seagulls face AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup on Saturday

Brighton & Hove Albion played out a 2-2 draw with West Ham United at the London Stadium to claim another point away from home, as the hosts recovered from 2-0 down to take a share of the spoils.

All four goals came in the second half, as Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy gave Albion a 2-0 lead, but Marko Arnautovic’s brace prevented the Seagulls from claiming another famous away win in east London.
 
Chris Hughton made one change to the side that beat Everton 1-0 on Saturday, with Glenn Murray replacing Florin Andone.
 
Albion created their first opening when Jurgen Locadia’s strike was deflected wide, and Lukasz Fabianski saved Duffy’s header from the subsequent corner.

Arnautovic then tried his luck for the Hammers with a shot from distance that drifted harmlessly over the bar.
 
In a largely quiet opening 20 minutes, Angelo Ogbonna rose highest to meet Robert Snodgrass’s corner, but couldn’t direct his header on target.

 
There was a nervy moment for the Albion defence when Felipe Anderson reacted to Martin Montoya’s short clearance, but fortunately his effort went straight into David Button’s grasp.

Arnautovic had another sight of goal after drifting in from the left, but his angled attempt was kept out by Button.
 
Down the other end Davy Propper nodded the ball forward to March, whose half-volley bounced straight at Fabianski.
 
Some neat footwork from March down the right flank allowed the winger to get the better of Anderson, and Murray narrowly failed to connect with his enticing ball into the box.
 
The hosts nearly broke the deadlock five minutes after the re-start when Anderson weaved his way through to the edge of the area and saw his resulting left-footed strike go just past Button’s left post.
 
But it was Albion that took the lead in the 56th minute as Stephens reacted brilliantly to Fabianski’s short clearance from a Pascal Gross corner with a brilliant left-footed half-volley.
 
Gross tried to get on the scoresheet himself moments later, but his shot took a deflection before going wide.

 
Albion doubled their lead just shy of the hour mark courtesy of Duffy, who took down another Gross corner and fired at the far post with a superb improvised finish.
 
Hughton’s men were oozing with confidence and Bernardo made a fine run down the left and surged into the West Ham box, but his shot went straight at Fabianski.
 
But the deficit was halved in the 66th minute by Arnautovic, who latched onto Mark Noble’s ball over the defence and calmly slotted home past Button.
 
The Austrian turned the game on its head to wipe out Albion’s lead as Michail Antonio cut the ball back for the Hammers number seven to fire past Button with the outside of his right foot.
 
Declan Rice then came within inches of putting West Ham in front after his effort grazed the side netting.
 
The Seagulls weathered the late West Ham storm to leave east London with a draw, and the attention now turns to Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup third-round tie against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
 
ALBION: Button; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo (Bong 73); Stephens, Propper, Gross; March, Murray (Andone 82), Locadia.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Steele (GK), Balogun, Kayal, Bissouma, Knockaert.
 
ATTENDANCE: 59,870
 
AWAY: 2,986
 

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