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Hughton delighted with Brighton goalscorers for West Ham win

Brighton clinched a crucial 3-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

Glenn Murray put the hosts ahead on eight minutes but the Hammers were level on the half-hour through a well-taken goal by Mexico forward Javier Hernandez.

Winger Jose Izquierdo lashed in a superb angled strike on 61 minutes to put Brighton back in front, with Pascal Gross drilling home a third after 75 minutes.

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton said, “You'll need them [ goals] - Glenn's goal was a typical striker run, but you need them special goals that players can create.

“Both players that scored them [Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross] are capable of that, and we need more of that from them.

“It gave us the lead [Izquierdo's goal] and that was the lift. At that stage in the second half it was still 1-1, and it's very nervous and can go either way.

“You need something to break that deadlock, and when it's a goal like that, it lifts you even more."

He added: "At the moment it feels like a big win and it's been a good week.

“We stayed in the FA Cup and drew against Southampton. We now have a good week's preparation going into the next game and hopefully this will give us the lift we need."

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