By Sam Stone

5th Jan, 2023 | 10:24am

Michael Brown stunned by 'incredible' Vladimir Coufal moment in draw v Leeds United

BBC Sport pundit Michael Brown was left stunned by Vladimir Coufal’s long-distance effort in West Ham United’s 2-2 draw with Leeds.

The Czech Republic international opted to try his luck from near the halfway line in the 37th minute after Illan Meslier’s misplaced clearance ended up at his feet.

The 30-year-old’s shot landed on the roof of the goal and Brown was full of praise for the right-back’s audacious attempt on goal.

“Coufal hits it so high, it had every chance, we’re thinking it’s in but it just drops onto the roof of the net,” said Brown (BBC Radio 5 Live, 20:24, 4 January).

“That would have been incredible, great effort.”

So close

It was an extremely good attempt by Coufal and it was only a yard or so from dropping straight into the Leeds United goal. It was an improved performance from the Hammers at Elland Road, but there will be plenty of disappointment at their failure to hold onto the lead.

They were good value for the three points after Gianluca Scamacca had fired David Moyes’ side in front, but the way they allowed their hosts back into the game is extremely concerning. West Ham haven’t been in many winning positions in recent weeks, and they perhaps struggled to close the game out in the way they should have.

There were plenty of positive performances for Moyes to take heart from, with Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta both impressive. Thilo Kehrer struggled at Elland Road, with the intensity and pace of the game proving to be far too much for the German.

It’s time for Moyes to start playing the defender in his correct position and not leaving him exposed in the full-back positions.