West Ham United will play UEFA Conference League football next season after a 3-1 final-day defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Hammers arrived in Sussex knowing victory, combined with a Manchester United draw or defeat at Crystal Palace, and they would finish sixth and be packing their suitcases for another crack at the UEFA Europa League.
And at half-time everything was going to plan, with the Irons leading through Michail Antonio’s 40th-minute thunderbolt and Manchester United losing at Selhurst Park.
However, Joël Veltman’s equaliser five minutes after the break, Pascal Groß’s strike 13 minutes from full-time and Danny Welbeck’s added-time header meant David Moyes’ side had to settle for seventh, despite the Red Devils failing to turn things around in south London.
In truth, West Ham probably did not warrant anything more at the American Express Community Stadium, where Brighton had more than twice as many goal attempts as the visitors.
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