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Pellegrini rues poor Hammers defending

3rd January 2019, 03:57 by Michael Holland

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was unhappy with his side's defending but relieved to escape with a point against Brighton.

The Hammers were staring at a fourth loss in four meetings with Brighton since they were promoted after goals from Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy, both from corners, put the visitors in charge.

But two goals in two minutes from Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic, set up by substitutes Mark Noble and Michail Antonio, lifted the hoodoo as West Ham snatched a 2-2 draw.

Hammers boss Pellegrini said: "We know Brighton score most of their goals from set pieces, especially corners, so to concede two goals knowing the characteristic of this team, I was very disappointed.

"I don't remember one chance for Brighton except the two set pieces.

"But fortunately we never gave up and the substitutes changed the face of the game. I'm disappointed about the result but very happy with the spirit of the team. Before the game I didn't want to draw but I think we must be happy."

Pellegrini also paid tribute to Arnautovic for his match-saving brace.

"Marko is coming back from an injury and he's full of energy," added Pellegrini. "Most of the players have played eight games since the beginning of December. Five victories, one draw and two defeats is not bad."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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