James Ward-Prowse’s opener was the midfielder’s 50th Premier League goalWest Ham United continued their unbeaten Premier League start by stunning Brighton with a clinical counter-attacking display as James Ward-Prowse scored his first Hammers goal.
The win means West Ham end the day top of the Premier League on goals scored, although Manchester City and Liverpool could both leap above them with wins on Sunday.
Ward-Prowse opened the scoring when he tapped in from two yards out in the 19th minute after good work from Michail Antonio.
Jarrod Bowen added a second for the visitors in the 58th minute, bringing down Said Benrahma’s cross before poking the ball into the corner.
And though Brighton continually dominated possession and territory, Bowen set up Antonio to drill a shot into the corner for the away side’s third in the 63rd minute.
The Seagulls scored a late consolation goal when Pascal Gross’ drive effort found the far corner, but David Moyes’ men survived a late surge of Brighton pressure to on to victory.
Reaction to West Ham’s win over BrightonHow did you rate Brighton’s performance? Have your say hereWhat did you make of West Ham’s display? Send us your views hereWard-Prowse drives ruthless West HamWest Ham have made an excellent start, backing up their win over Chelsea last weekend with a ruthless display in Sussex.
Incredibly, the visitors’ 31 successful passes in the first half was the lowest total reached by a Premier League side since November 2006, when Watford had 30 against Portsmouth.
But they still went ahead through Ward-Prowse, who bundled Antonio’s cross over the line after Lewis Dunk was caught in possession.
It was Ward-Prowse’s third goal involvement in just his second game for the Hammers having joined from boyhood club Southampton this summer for around £30m.
As Brighton pushed after the restart West Ham exploited the space their players left behind, and Bowen brilliantly controlled Benrahma’s cross-field ball in a counter-attack before finding the bottom corner.
Five minutes later the three points were wrapped up thanks to Antonio’s fine finish after creating space for himself. The Jamaica international almost added a fourth in the closing stages but prodded a shot over when through on goal.
Ward-Prowse also had a chance to add a fourth late on, but his shot from a tight-angle was saved before the rebound off a Brighton defender hit the cross bar.
Visit our dedicated Brighton pageGo straight to the best West Ham contentWatch: The Football News Show on Brighton’s hopesBrighton lack ruthless touchBrighton finished the match with 79% of possession but, despite scoring four goals in each of their last two matches, initially struggled to trouble West Ham keeper Alphonse Areola.
Their best chance at finding a way back into the game came just after the restart when Areola dived to his right to keep out an Evan Ferguson header with Brighton one goal down.
The Seagulls rallied after going three down and scored in the 81st minute as Gross’ driven shot from the edge of the box found the bottom corner.
That sparked a flurry of chances for Roberto De Zerbi’s men, with Joel Veltman’s volley forcing a fine save from Areola and the hosts having a penalty shout turned down after the ball was deemed to have accidentally struck West Ham’s Vladimir Coufal’s arm in the box.
In injury time Ferguson blasted a fierce shot which was only just tipped on to the bar by Areola, but by that stage defeat was inevitable and Brighton fell to their first loss to West Ham in 13 Premier League matches.
Player of the match
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Brighton & Hove AlbionSquad number22Player nameMitoma
Squad number30Player nameEstupiñán
Squad number13Player nameGroß
Squad number5Player nameDunk
Squad number7Player nameMarch
Squad number1Player nameVerbruggen
Squad number6Player nameMilner
Squad number28Player nameFerguson
Squad number18Player nameWelbeck
Squad number9Player nameJoão Pedro
Squad number34Player nameVeltman
Squad number14Player nameLallana
Squad number4Player nameWebster
Squad number24Player nameAdingra
Squad number11Player nameGilmour
West Ham UnitedSquad number7Player nameWard-Prowse
Squad number23Player nameAreola
Squad number22Player nameBenrahma
Squad number20Player nameBowen
Squad number9Player nameAntonio
Squad number10Player nameLucas Paquetá
Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez
Squad number33Player nameEmerson
Squad number21Player nameOgbonna
Squad number5Player nameCoufal
Squad number8Player nameFornals
Squad number28Player nameSoucek
Squad number4Player nameZouma
Squad number24Player nameKehrer
Squad number18Player nameIngs
1Verbruggen6MilnerSubstituted forVeltmanat 72’minutes4Webster5Dunk30Estupiñán13Groß11GilmourSubstituted forLallanaat 60’minutes7MarchSubstituted forAdingraat 72’minutes18WelbeckSubstituted forJoão Pedroat 60’minutes22MitomaBooked at 88mins28FergusonSubstitutes3dos Santos de Paulo8Dahoud9João Pedro14Lallana23Steele24Adingra29van Hecke34Veltman40BuonanotteWest HamFormation 4-1-4-1
23Areola5Coufal4Zouma21Ogbonna33Emerson19ÁlvarezBooked at 45minsSubstituted forFornalsat 84’minutes20Bowen28SoucekSubstituted forBenrahmaat 39’minutes7Ward-ProwseBooked at 24mins10Lucas PaquetáSubstituted forIngsat 85’minutes9AntonioSubstituted forKehrerat 79’minutesBooked at 89minsSubstitutes1Fabianski2Johnson3Cresswell8Fornals17Cornet18Ings22Benrahma24Kehrer45MubamaLive TextMatch ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, West Ham United 3.
Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, West Ham United 3.
Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emerson with a through ball.
Attempt missed. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Danny Ings.
Attempt blocked. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Alphonse Areola.
Attempt saved. Evan Ferguson (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. João Pedro (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pascal Groß.
Thilo Kehrer (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Thilo Kehrer (West Ham United).
Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Alphonse Areola.
Attempt saved. Joël Veltman (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by João Pedro with a cross.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.
Substitution, West Ham United. Danny Ings replaces Lucas Paquetá.
Substitution, West Ham United. Pablo Fornals replaces Edson Álvarez.