By Saikat Mandal

1st Dec, 2021 | 10:16pm

Chris Sutton says Pablo Fornals was unlucky v Brighton

Chris Sutton has suggested that Pablo Fornals was unlucky with his effort as West Ham drew 1-1 against Brighton in the Premier League clash on Wednesday night at the London Stadium.

Tomas Soucek scored the opening goal for the Hammers insider five minutes when he glided the ball into the net with a deft header off a terrific corner from Fornals.

The Spaniard was involved in some brilliant exchange of passes in the first half and could have had a goal to his name as well.

The 25-year-old managed to strike a ball neatly displaying wonderful technique but it hit the crossbar. Had that gone in, West Ham would have taken a healthy 2-0 before the break.

Sutton, while reacting to the incident said on Premier League Tv productions: “Great pass from Rice to Coufal. Clever from Antonio, just spots Fornals.

“He steadies himself, hits than on flash. How unlucky is that! The crossbar to the rescue.”

Introspection

West Ham have now gone three games without a win in the Premier League.

The international break appears to have disrupted their momentum, with some of the players failing to hit the form they showered previously.

For instance, Michail Antonio, who was almost unplayable last month, has struggled to make an impact.

Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen have been outstanding during the game.

Rice was driving the team from midfield areas, but Bowen still needs to brush up on his finishing skills.

Manuel Lanzini, who scored against Man City last week, impressed heavily after coming off the bench. He made some brilliant runs, and added spark in the forward department.

The Hammers face Chelsea next in the Premier League and it remains to be seen if Lanzini deserves a chance to start after an impressive cameo.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers are one of a number of teams chasing this £30m-rated striker.

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