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Brighton 1-1 West Ham: Leandro Trossard shines as Seagulls are held

By Matt BullinBBC Sport
Leandro Trossard
Leandro Trossard marked his Premier League debut for Brighton with a fine goal

Brighton summer signing Leandro Trossard scored and saw a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee as they were held to a draw by West Ham.

The Belgian playmaker, signed from Genk for an undisclosed fee in June, thought he had opened the scoring midway through the first half only for his effort to be ruled out for offside on a VAR review.

But Trossard was not to be denied a debut goal, and he fired past Lukasz Fabianski from the edge of the box shortly after Javier Hernandez had put the Hammers into a 61st-minute lead.

The Seagulls pushed for a winner late on with Trossard, Lewis Dunk and Davy Propper all going close, but Graham Potter was forced to settle for a point at the end of his first home game in charge.

Having thumped Watford on the opening day of the season, Brighton went into their first home game of the campaign high on confidence and it showed.

Dan Burn could have scored in the opening minutes but he failed to direct his headed effort goalward while Trossard, who was the stand-out performer from either side, had numerous chances to score more than one goal.

And second-half substitute Neal Maupay, who netted on debut against Watford a week earlier, also spurned a golden chance in the final minute of normal time, firing over with the goal gaping.

But to West Ham's credit, despite their lack of attacking threat, they did defend resolutely for long periods, and Michail Antonio spurned a fine chance of his own in the closing stages - heading weakly at Mat Ryan from close range.

Trossard steps up to make mark

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Dan Burn is caught offside as Leandro Trossard sees his goal ruled out for offside after VAR consultation

Graham Potter's Brighton tenure got off to the best possible start away at Watford last week.

Their 3-0 win represented a stark improvement at both ends of the pitch from last season when they narrowly avoided relegation by finishing 17th.

And their good form continued against the Hammers on Saturday - largely due to the performance of a player who was not even needed at Vicarage Road.

Trossard was indeed an unused substitute against the Hornets but having been thrust into the starting XI at the expense of Jurgen Locadia, the Belgian took his chance with both hands.

Whether it was carrying the ball at pace or threading balls through for Glenn Murray, the 24-year-old was a constant threat for the Seagulls.

And it only took him 28 minutes to find the net - although his sweetly timed finish was rightly ruled out for offside.

After consulting VAR, replays found that Burn, who provided the cross for Trossard's effort, was offside from the initial ball into the box.

But neither VAR nor Fabianski was able to deny the Belgian a debut goal as he pinched the ball from a dallying Issa Diop to fire home from the edge of the box just after the hour mark.

Trossard's signing was perhaps forgotten after Maupay's £20m arrival from Brentford but the Belgian's 22 goals and 11 assists from 47 outings for Genk last term illustrate he is certainly a dangerous attacking threat.

And Brighton fans will undoubtedly hope for more performances like this one from their new playmaker.

Hammers struggle again

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini says it was important his team did not lose to Brighton

West Ham were always up against it on the opening day as they faced reigning champions Manchester City, but would have hoped for a more inspiring performance at Brighton.

They were without Felipe Anderson and new signing Sebastien Haller, who both picked up knocks in the 5-0 defeat by Pep Guardiola's side, but Manuel Pellegrini did name £24m summer signing Pablo Fornals in the starting XI for the first time.

Yet Fornals, who won the Under-21 European Championship with Spain this summer, largely saw the game pass him by.

Whenever the 23-year-old did attempt to make an impact, he was bullied by Brighton's sturdy backline.

It was not until the 44th minute that West Ham took their first shot - a harmless effort from Declan Rice that sailed over the bar.

And it was with only their fourth shot which they took the lead as Hernandez coolly beat Ryan after being sent clear by Manuel Lanzini.

After the Mexican's goal, which came against the run of play, they offered little - with Robert Snodgrass and Lanzini failing to influence the game in the way their Brighton counterparts did.

Pellegrini will hope for an improved performance - and the return of several key men - when they travel to Watford next week.

Man of the match - Leandro Trossard (Brighton)

Leandro Trossard
The diminutive Belgian took four shots on goal, twice as many as any of his team-mates, and was at the heart of everything good for the Seagulls

'It's an odd situation' - what they said

Brighton forward Leandro Trossard: "The goal which was ruled out, it was a nice strike. It's an odd situation - you cheer, the adrenaline comes up and it's bad luck that I couldn't have the first but it was good that I could come back and score on my debut in the second half instead. It is my first goal, it has helped us to get equal."

Brighton manager Graham Potter: "I thought the performance was really good. We played better than we did last week but now we go forwards. The level of football was really good but we know we can improve as well.

"There is a long way to go but the signs are good. The points return looks good. The performances are the things we want to focus on and we will look to do that next week and going forwards."

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  • West Ham are winless in their past nine Premier League matches in the month of August (D1 L8), with this draw ending a run of eight consecutive defeats.
  • Brighton have avoided defeat in each of their past five games against West Ham (W3 D2 L0), their longest unbeaten run against the Hammers.
  • The Seagulls haven't scored more than once in any of their past 13 home league games, netting just eight goals in the process.
  • West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has faced no side more times in the Premier League without winning than he has versus Brighton (W0 D2 L1).
  • All 53 of Javier Hernandez's Premier League goals have come from inside the penalty area - of the players who can make a similar claim, only Tim Cahill (56) has scored more.
  • Leandro Trossard, who scored on his Brighton debut, netted the Seagulls' first Premier League goal from outside the box since 9 March, when Anthony Knoackaert struck the winner at Crystal Palace.

What's next?

Brighton host Southampton at the Amex Stadium next Saturday (15:00 BST) while West Ham face Watford at Vicarage Road at the same time.

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 4Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 33Burn
  • 22Montoya
  • 24Pröpper
  • 6Stephens
  • 20March
  • 13GroßSubstituted forMaupayat 67'minutes
  • 17MurraySubstituted forAndoneat 74'minutes
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forMooyat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Maupay
  • 9Locadia
  • 10Andone
  • 15Webster
  • 18Mooy
  • 27Button
  • 30Bernardo

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 24Fredericks
  • 23Diop
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 26MasuakuBooked at 76mins
  • 41RiceBooked at 90mins
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 19WilshereSubstituted forAntonioat 45'minutes
  • 10Lanzini
  • 18FornalsSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 77'minutes
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forC Sánchezat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 13Jiménez
  • 15C Sánchez
  • 27Ajeti
  • 30Antonio
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
30,459

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, West Ham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, West Ham United 1.

  3. Booking

    Declan Rice (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Martín Montoya (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Declan Rice (West Ham United).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Issa Diop with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Dan Burn.

  8. Post update

    Offside, West Ham United. Issa Diop tries a through ball, but Andriy Yarmolenko is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Florin Andone following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Angelo Ogbonna.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  12. Post update

    Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Mat Ryan.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Issa Diop.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Aaron Mooy replaces Leandro Trossard.

  17. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Solly March.

  18. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Dale Stephens.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Carlos Sánchez replaces Chicharito.

  20. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Solly March.

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