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Brighton enjoy comfortable final day victory over West Ham

West Ham will have to settle for a place in the Europa Conference League after Brighton came from behind to win at Amex Stadium.

Michail Antonio's blistering strike lit up the game only for a rare goal from Joel Veltman to level matters.

Pascal Gross flashed a shot past Lukasz Fabianski and Danny Welbeck headed home a third in stoppage time.

The win sealed an impressive top-half finish for Brighton after a record-breaking season on the south coast.

With their record top-flight points tally already secured, Brighton finished the season in style with a victory against another top-eight side - after wins over Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United in the final six weeks.

Their success has been built on outstanding away form - only Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham have picked up more points on the road - although two consecutive wins at home to end the season cannot mask a disappointing campaign at home.

They looked toothless in the first half but a half-time tactical tweak from their impressive manager Graham Potter breathed new life into the Seagulls.

In pairing Neal Maupay with Welbeck up front, he gave Brighton a twin threat that paid immediate dividends when Veltman popped up to squirm a shot under Fabianski straight after the break.

Gross put them in front with 10 minutes to go when he worked space on the edge of the box to fire home before Welbeck sealed a thoroughly satisfying afternoon in the final minute of stoppage time.


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