Post Match report for the West Ham game - Tuesday, 2nd January 2024

PREMIER LEAGUE 23/24: West Ham V Brighton - 2/1/24 P20


* * * * * NEW YEAR... CLEAN SHEET * * * * *


RESULT: 0-0


VENUE: Olympic Stad, East London - tenth away match of 20 fixtures to date . Tue 7:30pm.
BEFORE KICKOFF: Brighton fans rocked up for this belated New Year bash knowing another win here would elevate us into the top six, like a rocket over that festive pyrotechnic millennium wheel.
WEATHER: windy . GATE: 62,462 . KIT: blue & white . ATMOSPHERE: the evening after the day before.

ROBERTO de ZERBI completed the year as old occasions not to be forgot but maybe reviewed later.
RdZ had limited choices to make with regard to availability of personnel.
He chose to be pragmatic.

INJURED: 2 Lamptey 3 Julio 7 March 10 Enciso 22 Mitoma 24 Adingra 31 Fati 34 Veltman
SQUAD: 38 McGill (gk). BAN: 5 Dunk
STARTING SHAPE: 4-3-1-2


TEAM . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Steele
. 41 Hinshelwood 4 Webster 29 van Hecke 30 Estupinan
. . 13 Gross 11 Gilmour 6 Milner 40 Buonanotte
. . . . . . 9 Pedro . . . . . 18 Welbeck

SUBS: 28 Ferguson (67), 15 Moder (74), 14 Lallana (74)
BENCH: 1 Verbruggen (gk) 8 Dahoud 20 Baleba 43 Samuels 47 Baker-Boaitey 52 Kavanagh


GOALS: none


YELLOWS: none

CHANGES: 67 Ferguson for Welbeck . 74 Moder & Lallana for Webster & Buonanotte


FIRST HALF: chances occurred at both ends but the first forty-five minutes remained goalless in a low key affair.
SECOND HALF: visitors upped the ante in terms of possession and attempts to score.
Hosts defended their box and the keeper was called upon to prevent a home loss.

IN THE END: defences ruled the roost, which is taken as a positive by Seagulls for the first Prem contest when not conceding.

NUMBERS: poss 31%-69%, on target 2-8, off target 4-14, corners 2-0,
fouls 4-6, yellows 1-0, subs 1-3, shape 4231-4312 . . . . . gd5 pt31 po7

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