Glenn Murray secures draw for Brighton as West Ham throw away two-goal lead

This was a thrilling game that brought a fair result but only one happy side. West Ham thought they had earned the win that might turn their season around and, in so doing, plunge Brighton’s into crisis but were pegged back by two goals inside the last quarter-hour. Issa Diop had given them the lead and two deflected volleys by Robert Snodgrass, either side of an Angelo Ogbonna own goal, appeared to have settled a perennially nervy venue down. But a similarly troubled Brighton never lay down and were given their just deserts by Pascal Gross and, controversially, a VAR-awarded Glenn Murray strike. Both sides remain in the mire and, if the reliably comical defending on show here repeats itself, that will not change quickly. If the stakes were high enough to forgive a fear-strewn encounter, a vigorous encounter dispelled such concerns. West Ham had lost four of their previous five home fixtures and nobody of a Brighton persuasion needed telling there were deep-set neuroses to be preyed upon. With just over 100