Despite the European Cup win, West Ham are still vulnerable against Brighton

WEST HAM regained some form ahead of Sunday’s game against Albion in the Premier League.

The Hammers had a mixed start to the season, losing both games but showing improvement in last Sunday’s loss to Nottingham Forest.

They picked up their first win against Danish club Viborg FF on Thursday night at the London Stadium. New signings Maxwell Cornet and Gianluca Scamacca combined to score the opening goal before Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio scored.

The Argus: West Ham's Gianluca Scamacca scored his first goal for the club against ViborgWest Ham’s Gianluca Scamacca scored his first goal for the club against Viborg

Despite not being at their best during Europa Conference League qualifying, the Hammers showed an impression of their impressive self last season when they reached the Europa League semi-finals.

Despite hitting the net three times, the Hammers still looked vulnerable at the back as central defenders have been a weakness for the club this season, with Nayef Aguerd, Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson all struggling with injuries.

Ogbonna returned from his ACL injury against Viborg but only managed 65 minutes.

After the game, first-team coach Billy McKinlay, who was in charge of the team due to manager David Moyes being suspended, said: “We felt we were a little inconsistent and little trying to use the ball throughout the game , and probably shot him too many times for our liking.

“As a result, we gave them a bit of enthusiasm and encouragement and they had some nice passages with maybe some opportunities to do better in the last third.

“So we’re not entirely satisfied because we still have to do more to find our rhythm and cohesion and hopefully we’ll do that soon.”

There’s a chance West Ham could have two more new faces in their squad to face Albion as talks are underway for Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri and Club Brugge’s Hans Vanaken, but it would be a huge surprise to see Moyes replaced by them see deep end .

Albion can enter the game calmly, confident of maintaining their unbeaten record against West Ham since being promoted to the Premier League.

Graham Potter’s side have been in fine form this season, recording a win against Manchester United and a draw against Newcastle that they could easily have won on any other day. Despite the European Cup win, West Ham are still vulnerable against Brighton

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