West Ham United vs Brighton: What did Alphonse Areola like about the hard-fought draw?

While West Ham would have liked to start the New Year with a win, it wasn’t a bad result to get a draw against a well-drilled Brighton side.

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By Karthik Raman | Jan 4, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

West Ham United produced a solid defensive display to hold out an in-form Brighton & Hove Albion side in the Premier League. Brighton continued to force their way to make life difficult for the home side, however, the hosts did not let the pressure get to them. The Hammers defended resolutely to get a hard-earned point from that fixture. While West Ham would have liked to start the New Year with a win, it wasn’t a bad result to get a draw against a well-drilled Brighton side.

One of the heroes of the night for West Ham United, Alphonse Areola, was happy with the point against Brighton and their recent run of results in general. “We always want more, we always want to win, but we showed that when we had to suffer we stayed compact, we stayed together. We have shown in these last games that we are strong at the back and ready to go forward, so we have shown that we are fighting for each other and that’s a good thing,” he was quoted as saying on the club’s website after the match.

We are competitors: Alphonse Areola

The goalkeeper added: “To keep those four clean sheets in a row is great. We are fighting for that and we want to be part of the [group of] top teams. Winning in Europe last year showed that this Club wants to be where it is right now, and even more, because we are competitors and we want always the best for the Club and for us individually as well.”

West Ham are impressively sitting sixth in the Premier League table, above the likes of Manchester United, Newcastle United and Chelsea. Despite their excellent first half of the campaign, Areola is happy to maintain the underdog tag. “We don’t need more lights on us. We are hard workers and we are humble. That’s a good thing and we’re fighting for each other, that’s the main thing to stay as an underdog and fight for the points against all the teams, to earn as much as we can this season,” he stated.

What made the result even more impressive was the fact that West Ham manager David Moyes was forced to rotate his squad significantly due to injuries, illness and players leaving on national duty. Despite the changes, they still fought valiantly. “Every time the manager asks someone to come into the team, the player gives their all and performs for the team first, and obviously individually to show the manager they should be in a bit more. It’s a good thing for the team because everyone can play and perform,” he explained.

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