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Slaven Bilic apologised to West Ham fans after his side suffered a 3-0 home mauling at the hands of Brighton on Friday night.
Glenn Murray scored twice, while Jose Izquierdo netted a stunning strike as Chris Hughton’s Seagulls recorded their first top-flight away win in 34 years after victory at the London Stadium.
After the match, Bilic reflected on a difficult night for his side: “The goals affected us. Especially the first one very early. The second was a bit of a killer. We took some risks but to give credit to them they defended really well with numbers.
“I am disappointed. I never point out the players in front of the cameras. They gave their best but it wasn’t good enough tonight.
“I have to say sorry to the fans. It’s not the first time. They deserve better than this.
What about the “hurricane” he spoke of before the game? “I expect it. It’s not a good moment when you lose at home 3-0. Especially against a team you are looking at as a chance to get the points.
“I’m not worried. But I’m realistic on the other hand.
“The speculation was here before. I’m manager of the team, I don’t want to hide behind anything. It’s my responsibility and it’s up to the board of course.”
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The pressure mounted on West Ham boss Slaven Bilic after Brighton cruised to a 3-0 Premier League win at the London Stadium on Friday night.
Two goals from Glenn Murray and a first Seagulls strike for Jose Izquierdo put the Croatian’s future firmly back in the spotlight.
Joint-owner David Sullivan even backed his manager before kick-off, saying he would be given the opportunity to at least see out his contract until the end of the season.
But a clueless and shambolic performance, probably their most inept to date at the London Stadium, can only have set the alarm bells ringing.
A win would have catapulted West Ham into the top 10 – but instead they could be in the bottom three by the end of the weekend.
Brighton, who had previously scored just once away this season, losing three matches and picking up one draw, simply could not believe their luck.
Pascal Gross had a hand in all six of Brighton’s previous goals this season, but nobody seemed to have told West Ham’s defenders.
He promptly made it seven in the 10th minute when he floated a free-kick towards the head of Murray.
The striker, who hit 23 goals last term to help the Seagulls to promotion, capitalised on the non-existent marking to nod into the corner and open his Premier League account.
West Ham briefly threatened to make a game of it but Brighton merely showed them how to defend.
Manuel Lanzini’s shot was deflected behind, Pedro Obiang’s drive was held by Mathew Ryan and Shane Duffy made a brave block to deny Javier Hernandez.
Then Brighton, having weathered that mild storm, doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time.
Murray should have done the honours when he broke through on goal, but Joe Hart beat his his effort away.
However, when the ball eventually reached Izquierdo he cut inside on his right foot and unleashed a fierce curler which Hart got a hand to but could not keep out.
The Hammers were predictably booed off at half-time and Cheikhou Kouyate was made fall guy, with Andre Ayew sent on in his place.
How Marko Arnautovic escaped the hook was anyone’s guess, although when the club record signing was finally hauled off midway through the second half he was left in little doubt about what the locals made of his display.
And moments later West Ham’s misery was complete, Pablo Zabaleta tripping Murray in the area allowing the frontman to kill off West Ham from the penalty spot and pile the pressure back on Bilic.
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Milburn singer Joe Carnall is predicting wins for Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton over Arsenal – but there’s no agreement over Tottenham v Liverpool.
Just like last season, our writers will take on a different band or artist by making their Premier League predictions each week, while you can join in the fun using the story comment facility (below) or Your Say forum.
We have previewed another set of exciting games ahead of the Premier League weekend, exclusively for our friends over at Betsafe .
Premier League matchday 9
West Ham v Brighton (Fri, 8pm)
Chelsea v Watford (12.30pm)
Huddersfield v Manchester United
Manchester City v Burnley
Newcastle v Crystal Palace
Stoke v Bournemouth
Swansea v Leicester
Southampton v West Brom (5.30pm)
Everton v Arsenal (Sunday, 1.30pm)
Tottenham v Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm)
Joe Carnall, life with Milburn and his passion for football
TEAMtalk: How did you come to support your club and what are your favourite memories from your time as a fan?
Joe: I didn’t have a choice but to support Sheffield Wednesday as all my family are Wednesdayites. Although we had a great team in the early 90s I was only about 6 so can’t say that I really remember the games. The first exciting team I remember was in the mid 90s when we signed both Paolo Di Canio and Benito Carbone. Just watching them warm up before the game was worth the price of the ticket; their touch and ability to beat players symbolised the foreign influx of talent into the Premier League.
More recent memories involve both promotions from League 1 – particularly the 2011/12 season when we pipped the pigs (Sheffield United) to the post and won automatic promotion.
TEAMtalk: Who have been your biggest heroes during your time supporting the club?
Joe: Chris Waddle – although he came to Hillsborough towards the end of his career he still oozed class (see SWFC 5 – 0 WHUFC. A.k.a ‘The Waddle Game’).
The 00s were pretty barren in terms of quality but I have to give both Chris Brunt and Glenn Wealen mentions who’ve since gone on to have long spells in the top tier. Although Fernando Forestieri is the most talented player we’ve seen in 20 years, it’s Kieren Lee for me. He makes our current team tick and always gives an 8/10 performance.
TEAMtalk: What do you make of the current team? What are your hopes for the season?
Joe: The last 6 months have been incredibly frustrating. We’ve got one of the most talented teams in the division but football isn’t played on paper (as my dad used to say). However, the Championship is arguably at its most competitive and it’s a long season where anyone can beat anyone. Ask me again at Christmas. (TEAMtalk -we will!)
TEAMtalk: Everyone has a soft spot for another team. Who’s yours and why?
Joe: I got a Real Betis shirt when I was about 16 and have always looked out for them ever since. I think it was all those Denilson step overs. My grandad was from Glasgow so I have a natural soft spot for Celtic and, like loads of other fans, admire the way Tottenham play.
TEAMtalk: What’s going on with the band/for you as an artist at the moment?
Joe: We’ve just released our third record and are all set to go on tour in the UK and Europe. We play Leicester, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and Newcastle in November.
Listen to Milburn’s new single on the TEAMtalk playlist.
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Slaven Bilic says blame for West Ham's loss to Brighton falls on him, but insists he's confident in his work with the club.ESPN FC - West Ham United News 20 Oct 13:40
Glenn Murray bagged a brace to lead Brighton & Hove Albion to a dominant win over West Ham at London Stadium. Glenn Murray bagged a brace to lead Brighton & Hove Albion to a dominant win over West Ham at London Stadium. Slaven Bilic says blame for West Ham's loss to Brighton falls on him, but insists he's confident in his work with the club. LONDON -- West Ham signed Javier Hernandez to aid their climb to the next level but instead, the Mexican international finds himself a lost soul within a club lurching towards relegation. Friday's 3-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion was fright night for the Hammers, 17th and teetering above the Premier League drop zone. Manager Slaven Bilic's tenure surely approaches its end. His failure to find a role in which Hernandez might do what he does best - score goals -- is emblematic of a team without...ESPN FC - West Ham United News 20 Oct 13:06
Glenn Murray bagged a brace to lead Brighton & Hove Albion to a dominant win over West Ham at London Stadium. Slaven Bilic says blame for West Ham's loss to Brighton falls on him, but insists he's confident in his work with the club. Glenn Murray bagged a brace to lead Brighton & Hove Albion to a dominant win over West Ham at London Stadium. English Premier League: Glenn Murray (75') West Ham 0-3 Brighton & Hove Albion English Premier League: Jose Izquierdo (45'+2') West Ham 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic took "full responsibility" for his team's 3-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion, a defeat that places him and his team under severe pressure. "I'm manager of the team, I don't want to hide behind anything, it's my responsibility and it's up to the board of course," he said, after two goals from Glenn Murray either side of a strike from Jose Izquierdo knocked the Hammers down to 17th place in the Premier League. "Bilic's future has been in doubt for some time and...West Ham United – teamtalk.com 20 Oct 09:32
Manchester United are ready to make a move for two Benfica players, while Mesut Ozil is convinced he will be joining another Premier League club next summer, according to Friday’s papers.
UNITED COULD BID FOR YOUNG BENFICA DUO
Manchester United scouts were reportedly impressed by Benfica wonderkid Umaro Embalo during the UEFA Youth League clash between the sides on Wednesday and could also make a move for his team-mate Joao Felix.
Embalo came on in the second half of the game against United’s youngsters, while Felix played 78 minutes before being replaced, but both did enough to suggest that they could move to Old Trafford in the summer, according to The Sun.
The Red Devils were in Portugal on Wednesday night to take on the Portuguese giants in the Champions League, coming away with a 1-0 win thanks to Marcus Rashford.
Earlier in the day, United’s chief scout, Javier Ribalta, was amongst the crowd watching the 17-year-old Embalo, who can play as a winger or striker, and Felix.
United could have a battle on their hands to land Embalo, however, with Real Madrid also said to be monitoring the player.
AND THE REST
Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones are all set to sign new deals with Manchester United (The Sun)
Mesut Ozil is so confident he will join Manchester United in January he has started telling Arsenal team-mates a deal is done (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal are ditching a £100,000 virtual reality system they were using to boost performance after it started to make players suffer motion sickness! (The Sun)
Barcelona and Real Madrid could battle it out for Brazil’s next big thing – 16-year-old Lincoln, who has taken the Under-17 World Cup by storm (The Sun)
West Brom teenager Tyler Roberts is set to become the latest young player given a senior call-up by Wales manager Chris Coleman (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool will rebuff offers from other Premier League clubs for James Milner in January even though he has lost a regular role because of left-back Alberto Moreno’s form (Daily Telegraph)
Leicester players unhappy at the sacking of manager Craig Shakespeare demanded answers at a team meeting before training on Thursday (Daily Mail)
Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring Brest winger Lenny Pintor (Daily Mail)
Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires will join Inter Milan on loan in January, bringing an end to his spell in China with Jiangsu Suning (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid regret not selling Gareth Bale to Manchester United over the summer, completing a deal that would have seen them make a move for Kylian Mbappe (Daily Star)
Manchester City have taken out a trespass injunction after seven daredevils broke into the Etihad Stadium and climbed onto the roof (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid are prepared to offer forward Karim Benzema to help push through a deal to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane (Daily Express)
Divock Origi says he has had no contact with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp since his summer loan move to Wolfsburg (Daily Express)
Chelsea’s players are unhappy with the intensity of Antonio Conte’s training schedule, and have concerns that the high workload is hampering their title defence and exacerbating the club’s injury problems (The Times)
Burnley boss Sean Dyche failed to rule himself out of contention for the vacant job at Leicester (The Times)
Everton manager Ronald Koeman says midfielder Davy Klaassen is struggling to make an impact since his £25m move during the summer (Liverpool Echo)
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With the Premier League season approaching the quarter point, we reveal statistically the five best players for each of the 20 clubs.
Starting with table-toppers Manchester City, we’ve used WhoScored stats to reveal which players are at the top of their game so far during the 2017/18 season.
The only criteria is that players must have featured in a minimum of five of their side’s eight matches so far, meaning the likes of Paul Pogba, Virgil van Dijk and Philippe Coutinho miss out….
Sergio Aguero – rating 8.04
Kevin de Bruyne 8.00
David Silva 7.95
Fabian Delph 7.61
Raheem Sterling 7.60
Romelu Lukaku 7.73
Marouane Fellaini 7.59
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7.50
Nemanja Matic 7.46
Phil Jones 7.44
Harry Kane 7.83
Ben Davies 7.61
Christian Eriksen 7.49
Jan Vertonghen 7.23
Dele Alli 7.18
Shkodran Mustafi 7.47
Laurent Koscielny 7.38
Nacho Monreal 7.30
Aaron Ramsey 7.20
Sead Kolisanic 7.14
Mohamed Salah 7.34
Emre Can 7.25
Joe Gomez 7.16
Joel Matip 7.06
Sadio Mane 7.06
N’Golo Kante 7.43
Cesar Azpilicueta 7.37
Tiemoue Bakayoko 7.32
Marcos Alonso 7.31
Alvaro Morata 7.26
James Tarkowski 7.36
Nick Pope 7.34
Ben Mee 7.27
Robbie Brady 7.19
Stephen Ward 7.17
Abdoulaye Doucare 7.13
Jose Holebas 7.04
Nathaniel Chalabah 7.02
Kiko Femenia 7.02
Chancel Mbemba 7.30
Mikel Merino 7.08
Jamaal Lascelles 7.05
Matt Ritchie 7.05
Shane Duffy 7.21
Tomer Hemed 7.02
Pascal Gross 7.01
Lewis Dunk 6.98
Solly March 6.97
Harry Maguire 7.28
Christian Fuchs 7.15
Wilfried Ndidi 7.02
Jamie Vardy 6.94
Riyad Mahrez 6.91
Mario Lemina 7.30
Oriol Romeu 7.04
Mayo Yoshida 7.02
Steven Davis 6.90
Nathan Redmond 6.87
Christopher Schindler 7.52
Aaron Mooy 7.16
Tommy Smith 6.73
Laurent Depoirte 6.73
Chris Lowe 6.67
Kyle Naughton 7.06
Lukasz Fabianski 7.01
Federico Fernandez 6.98
Tammy Abraham 6.89
Leroy Fer 6.87
Grzegorz Krychowiak 7.35
Chris Brunt 7.00
Ahmed Hegazi 6.97
Kieran Gibbs 6.93
Craig Dawson 6.92
Pedro Obiang 7.15
Jose Fonte 7.13
Cheikhou Kouyate 6.96
Winston Reid 6.91
Pablo Zabaleta 6.89
Kurt Zouma 7.19
Geoff Cameron 6.94
Mame Biram Diouf 6.91
Xherdan Shaqiri 6.88
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 6.71
Michael Keane 6.99
Idrissa Gueye 6.76
Dominic Calvert-Lewin 6.67
Wayne Rooney 6.65
Phil Jagielka 6.65
Simon Francis 6.96
Andrew Surman 6.95
Joshua King 6.82
Nathan Ake 6.77
Asmir Begovic 6.70
Andros Townsend 6.80
Patrick van Aanholt 6.58
Scott Dann 6.57
Joel Ward 6.56
Yohan Cabaye 6.52
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