West Ham come back twice to earn draw against Brighton

LONDON/ LEEDS, DEC 27 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/27/2020 12:32:18 PM IST

Ben Johnson and Tomas Soucek scored second-half goals as West Ham United twice came back from a goal down to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Sunday.

Brighton created the early chances at London Stadium and deservedly took the lead just before halftime when striker Neal Maupay pounced on a loose ball in the box to score his first goal since October. After West Ham failed to record a single attempt on target in the first half, manager David Moyes introduced attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini and forward Andriy Yarmolenko at the interval.

The attacking duo were instrumental in the build-up to West Ham’s equaliser on the hour mark, with wing back Johnson finding the net from close range for his first goal for the club. Brighton were back in front when centre back Lewis Dunk smashed the ball home from a quickly-taken corner, but the hosts made it 2-2 through a Soucek header with eight minutes to go.

Brighton had to settle for a fifth draw in their past eight games and are just two points above the relegation zone in 16th.

West Ham, meanwhile, remain 10th but move on to 22 points.

Early Bamford penalty gives Leeds win over Burnley
A fifth-minute penalty from Patrick Bamford was enough to give Leeds United a 1-0 win over Burnley at Elland Road in the Premier League on Sunday, but Sean Dyche’s side were left furious after an Ashley Barnes effort was ruled out. Bamford, who spent a spell on loan at Burnley earlier in his career, drilled home the early spot kick after referee Robert Jones ruled that Burnley keeper Nick Pope had brought down the Leeds forward. It was the Leeds man’s 10th league goal of the season.
Burnley were flabbergasted, however, when Barnes hooked the ball into the net after Leeds keeper Illan Meslier had failed to reach a high ball into the box, only for the goal to be ruled out.
Jones ruled that Burnley defender Ben Mee had fouled Meslier before the ball fell to Barnes, although replays suggested it had been the keeper who fouled Mee when he charged out to try to reach a high cross and rammed his knee into Mee’s back.
The Clarets dominated after the break but Meslier, who struggled with crosses throughout the game, did well to keep out near post drives from Barnes.
But while Leeds looked well below their best, lacking their usual high-energy approach, Burnley weren’t able to turn their possession or Meslier’s difficulties in the air into enough clear cut chances.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche entered the field after the final whistle to show his feelings to the referee and not surprisingly felt his team had suffered an injustice. Dyche was unhappy with both the penalty decision and the disallowed goal.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa declined to comment on the incident but conceded his team had struggled. Leeds move up to 11th place on 20 points, while Burnley are 16th on 13 points.

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