Snodgrass: We needed that reaction
Robert Snodgrass says the Hammers have responded well to their opening day setback after picking up their first point of the season at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
West Ham had to deal with the disappointment of a heavy defeat to champions Manchester City to kick the 2019/20 season off, and they left the South Coast with a draw, following Chicharito's 61st minute goal.
The Mexican put Manuel Pellegrini's team in front, and although Brighton soon levelled, midfielder Snodgrass felt his team's performance was a definite step forward.
"Both teams tried to win the game," he explained. "Fair play to them, it’s a different sort of Brighton we’re setting this season. They’re trying to play from the back, and when you have three tall lads at the back you don’t usually see that.
"We adapted to it [after] the first half and I thought we did well after half time. Obviously we took the lead, we then conceded a goal which we’ll take a look at.
"We probably did need more going forward [than we showed in the first half] and that’s why the manager went with two up top in the second half.
"We caused them more problems after that. The manager wasn’t happy with our forward play, he changed things and that’s what top managers do.
"We had to have a reaction from last week. On another day we could have won the game - I had a chance towards the end, Antonio too, but it’s football.
"You prepare throughout the week to try and get three points. Today it wasn’t, but we got a point on the board which is good for us."