Manuel Pellegrini admitted that West Ham’s 1-1 draw with Brighton was ‘the right result’.
Brighton thought they had taken the lead early on when new signing Leandro Trossard fired home with a lovely volley, only to see his goal chalked off by VAR for an offside in the buildup.
It was new West Ham number 9 Javier Hernandez who put the visitors in front just after the hour mark with a well-timed run and finish, though the Hammers lead was short-lived as Trossard eventually got his goal with a fine strike from the edge of the box just four minutes later.
Brighton’s 16 shots was double that of West Ham, although only four were on target, and Manuel Pellegrini thought a point apiece was a fair outcome for the game.
“I think it was the right result,” the Chilean told Match of the Day.
“In the first 45 minutes, we started really well, we had good possession but we did not create many chances. We defended well and Brighton could not create chances. In the second half, I thought it was a good game for both teams.”
Pellegrini made five changes to the side that were battered 5-0 by Man City last week, and he admitted that the performance against the champion, as well as injuries were the reason behind the changes.
“There are different reasons for making the changes,” he said. “There are injuries and I was not happy with how we defended last week so I had to make changes. This week I thought we defended better.”
The former City boss admitted that it was ‘important to not lose’ after last weekend’s emphatic defeat against his old side.
“It was important not to lose after last week. For the trust and team, two defeats in a row would have been very different. It’s important to not lose when you play away.”