West Ham’s hopes of scraping Champions League qualification had been left hanging by a thread after they had been reliant on late strike from Mentioned Benrahma to rescue a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Saturday.
Substitute Benrahma rifled dwelling his first purpose for the membership with simply three minutes to go, leaving the Hammers 5 factors adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea with simply two fixtures remaining.
The sixth-placed guests appeared set for a dangerous defeat after Danny Welbeck’s 50th Premier League purpose broke the impasse solely three minutes earlier.
David Moyes’ males have video games in opposition to West Brom and Southampton to make sure the minimal of a Europa League place doesn’t slip by means of their grasp, with Tottenham and Everton every simply three factors behind and in sizzling pursuit.
Lowly Brighton stay 17th following their 14th draw of the marketing campaign.
West Ham had been in search of to breathe recent life into their European push after struggling three defeats of their final 4.
Influential England midfielder Declan Rice returned from a six-week damage absence to spice up their aspirations, with nationwide crew boss Gareth Southgate watching from the stands.
Moyes’ males had the higher of a cagey opening interval quick on probabilities.
Pablo Fornals discovered himself in harmful positions on three events however was unable to capitalise, whereas Tomas Soucek stung the palms of Seagulls goalkeeper Robert Sanchez with a uncommon shot on course.
Brighton’s preparations had been severely disrupted by the suspensions of key duo Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay following their purple playing cards at Wolves.
Dunk’s enforced absence was notably painful on a private degree given the presence of Southgate and with the beginning of the rescheduled Euro 2020 lower than a month away.
Graham Potter’s rejigged hosts had been characteristically neat in possession and defended stoutly however didn’t threaten Lukasz Fabianski previous to the break.
Hammers keeper Fabianski was lastly compelled into motion early within the second interval, twice repelling harmful right-wing crosses from Alireza Jahanbakhsh.
Brighton had been undefeated of their earlier seven Premier League conferences with the guests and Jahanbakhsh appeared keen to assist protect that report.
The Iran winger – in search of his first Premier League purpose since January 2020 – beat the onrushing Fabianski from large on the best however noticed the ball flash narrowly large after Aaron Cresswell was unable to take care of Dan Burn’s looking out ball ahead.
Time ticked away with little goalmouth motion till West Ham wasted a golden likelihood to edge forward when unmarked defender Craig Dawson headed narrowly large following an inviting cross from Benrahma.
That miss proved extra expensive simply minutes later when former England ahead Welbeck – who performed underneath Moyes at Manchester United – latched on to a pleasant by means of move from substitute Percy Tau to carry the ball over Fabianski and declare his landmark purpose.
Brighton had been heading in the right direction for under a fourth dwelling league win of the season.
However the Hammers swiftly hit again as former Brentford man Benrahma powerfully drilled dwelling from simply outdoors the field.
Moyes urged his crew on for a late winner however the recreation ebbed away right into a fourth successive draw between the 2 golf equipment.