West Ham captain Mark Noble felt his side did enough to get something out of his sides 1-0 loss to Brighton at the Amex last night, but admitted it had simply been one of those days for the Hammers.
Manuel Pellegrini’s struggled with Brighton’s intensity during the first-half and fell behind when veteran striker Glenn Murray scored from close range in the 25th minute.
However, West Ham pushed hard to get back into the game in the second-half, but were undone by poor finishing and some resolute defending by Chris Hughton’s Seagulls.
“We weren’t at the races in the first half,” Noble told Sky Sports.
“They got a chance and they scored it and it was a bit of a nothing game at that point. We attacked and we had the ball, but we rushed it to be honest.’’
“We kept trying to score too quickly. In the second half, we should have scored. We should have got at least one, but that’s football for you. We did that to Chelsea a couple of weeks ago when they had a lot of possession but we held them out.”
“The goal was disappointing. I gave it to Yarmo and it got stuck under his feet. Murray was in the box free on his own, but listen we’ve had a great couple of weeks and in spells we played like we can play and we should definitely have scored at least one but to be fair to Brighton they defended really well and we couldn’t break them down.
“We lost to Brighton twice last year and we know they’re a top team, and sometimes it just doesn’t go for you. We had enough chances to at least equalise.
“If you don’t score goals you lose games and that’s what happened to us tonight.”