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That was an instantly forgettable match. Brighton were the better side, and created nearly all the chances, but lacked sharpness up front. They’ll be happier with their performance; West Ham will be happier with their point. Fair to say the hosts missed Lucas Paquetá and Mohammed Kudus very much. The Hammers remain in sixth place, while Brighton leapfrog Manchester United to go into seventh on goal difference.

FULL TIME: West Ham United 0-0 Brighton & Hove AlbionIt ends.

90 min +4: The match is ending as it started. A low-energy affair again.

90 min +3: Brighton are still hopeful of a dramatic late winner. They ping and probe. The clock not on their side, though, as West Ham hold their shape.

90 min +2: Ogbonna buys a cheap free kick and doesn’t hurry himself in getting up. West Ham clearly settling for the draw.

90 min +1: Mubama, who has hardly had a touch since coming on, nearly closes Steele down. Impressive pressing, but the keeper flicks the ball away just in time.

90 min: There will be five additional minutes.

89 min: Lallana spins delicately on the edge of the West Ham D and whip-cracks a shot towards the bottom-left corner. Areola gets down to stop brilliantly. So close to a late winner!

Brighton’s midfielder Adam Lallana in the thick of it. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images88 min: Brighton continue to probe, continue to press. West Ham can’t keep hold of the ball at all. They’re hanging on for a draw.

86 min: Milner crosses from the right, just by the corner flag. Gross once again can’t send a header goalwards, but the ball drops to Moder, rushing in. From ten yards, Moder clears the bar by some distance. Another big chance goes begging for Brighton.

85 min: Johnson, making his first Premier League start of the season, goes down with cramp. After a quick stretch, he’s good to continue.

83 min: Brighton have now had 28 touches in West Ham’s box; West Ham just eight in Brighton’s. The visitors look much more energised as they press for a winner. Moder whips a low cross in from the right; had Gross taken touch number 29, six yards out, he’d have surely scored. But his lunge misses by millimetres.

81 min: Lallana makes good down the right, reaches the byline, and pulls back for Ferguson, whose first-time flick from six yards is blocked by Ogbonna. Brighton asking the questions.

80 min: Joao Pedro jinks his way down the left and looks to break into the box, only for Alvarez to execute a perfect tackle and make off with the ball. That had to be timed just so.

79 min: Brighton continue to ping it around. Now Lallana is teed up on the edge of the box. A weak effort is deflected into the sky and back down into the arms of Areola. Brighton looking the more likely to snatch a winner right now.

78 min: … and it nearly pays off, as Milner crosses from the left. Gross wins a header, but not for the first time tonight, miscues a decent chance. The ball sails harmlessly wide left.

77 min: Brighton pass it around in the patient style.

75 min: Webster pulls up injured. He can’t continue. He goes off, as does Buonanotte, with Moder and Lallana coming on.

73 min: West Ham make their first change of the evening; off goes Benrahma, on comes the 19-year-old Divin Mubama. A teenage rampage all over the land tonight.

72 min: According to Sky, Vladimir Coufal isn’t missing tonight because of a contract-based sulk, as reported before the match; he’s simply ill.

71 min: Milner crosses low from the left. Gross, rushing down the middle, extends a leg and nearly meets it on the edge of the six-yard box. Any significant deflection and Areola is beaten. There’s no significant deflection, and Areola gathers.

69 min: Ferguson nearly makes an instant impact. He juggles the ball to see off Alvarez on the edge of the West Ham D before fizzing a low drive inches wide of the bottom-right corner. Not sure Areola had that covered. Luke Littler isn’t the only teenage sensation showcasing his talent in town tonight.

67 min: Here comes that Brighton sub: Evan Ferguson on for Welbeck.

66 min: Joao Pedro crosses from the left. Hinshelwood rises at the far stick but can’t direct his header goalwards.

64 min: Gross juggles the ball inside the West Ham box but can’t work space for a shot. Something needs to change, and word is of Brighton preparing a sub or two. Here’s Kári Tulinius: “Men who are appropriately attired for a match between West Ham and Brighton have been running about on a football pitch for over an hour, but at no point has an actual sporting contest broken out. Everyone involved is taking no chances, and without risk there is precious little fun.”

63 min: Bowen’s pace down the right earns a corner. Ward-Prowse loops it in. Steele rises highest, above the static Bowen, to bravely claim amid a packed six-yard box. That’s authoritative keeping.

61 min: Benrahma dribbles down the left. His low cross is no good, but clanks off the back of Gilmour and drops to the feet of Soucek, six yards out. Soucek sticks out a telescopic leg but can only send the ball bobbling wide left. He should have scored.

59 min: Joao Pedro slinks in from the left, beats four players with liquid ease, then sadly shoots straight at Areola. Had he completed the easiest bit of his task, he’d have scored one of the goals of the season.

58 min: For the record, only Gareth Barry has played in more Premier League matches than Milner and Giggs. His total: 653.

56 min: Milner works down the left and sends the ball out for another goal kick. Speaking of the old boy, here’s Roland Nash: “Tonight is the night where James Milner’s legs catch those of Ryan Giggs to go second on the list of most Premier League appearances; 632 games they’ve played. They’d already played 120 odd by the time Luke Littler was born.”

55 min: Buonanotte and Pedro combine on the edge of the West Ham D. The ball breaks to Estupinan, who opens his body and attempts to steer into the bottom-right corner. Areola saves, then Milner skies the rebound. That’s better!

52 min: Hinshelwood crosses low from the right. The ball clanks into the armpit of the sliding Emerson, but Brighton aren’t getting the penalty they want. Natural position, all that. “The sixth and seventh placed teams duelling for a big three points and everyone involved would rather be watching darts,” observes Justin Madson. “This really is the Greatest League in the World™.”

50 min: Shame that half time came when it did. The last 15 minutes of the first half were decent enough. What went before was dismal, and the game’s slipped back into that uneventful mode. “I’ve had my half time pint, Scott, and I’m back,” reports Hogmanay’s Simon McMahon. “Though I might need to pop out again once or twice during the second half. That whisky can go right through me.”

48 min: Alvarez is nearly hunted down in his own box, but spins and sashays away from Welbeck – and trouble – with much elegance. The best skill we’ve seen all game.

47 min: The second half starts as slowly as the first one did. Meanwhile here’s the match-going Ian Sargeant again: “Tell Alan Smith that at £7.20 a pint, an ice-cold lager in the windy winter bowels of the London Stadium doesn’t appeal to the majority – a good number of whom would like him to have a word and get the darts on the big screens.”

West Ham get the second half underway. Improvements, please! “It seems Luke Littler Fever has not yet hit the USA,” emails Rob Coughlin. “I hate to overshadow this match but does anyone know how to watch the PDC semifinal here in the US???” Funnily enough, that very topic has just been covered in Rob Smyth’s live blog. Click here for the lowdown. (Get on it, sounds like it’ll be the best seven bucks you’ll ever spend.)

Half-time entertainment. You will come back for the second half, won’t you? You will, won’t you?

HALF TIME: West Ham United 0-0 Brighton & Hove AlbionTime for the fans to get that pint and pie.

45 min +1: Fornals is brought down near the centre circle. Ward-Prowse hits the free kick long to Mavropanos, just inside the box on the left. The defender volleys a low cross through the six-yard box. It’s begging to be bundled home, but nobody in claret gets anywhere near it.

45 min: There will be just one added minute. Small mercies. “I think the fans just want to go for a drink and a pie,” suggests Sky co-commentator Alan Smith.

44 min: Ward-Prowse has the ball at his feet, 25 yards out. The crowd scream for him to shoot. He resists the urge. The attack breaks down. He should have had a crack.

No way through for James Ward-Prowse. Photograph: Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images42 min: Milner swings a cross in from a deep position on the left. Gross gets to the dropping ball ahead of a confused Ogbonna, and should score, but can only direct his header straight at Areola. A huge chance spurned.

40 min: Johnson embarks on a determined dribble down the right, but can’t jink his way past the wily Milner. For a split second, there was a gap and a route towards the box, but Milner slammed the door shut with an experienced flourish.

38 min: Brighton take it down a notch. Some sterile possession. “Football’s 2024 has certainly begun getting its stomp on with such a fevered, high tempo, game at Anfield last night,” begins Bill Preston. “I felt massively for the Newcastle fans having an away fixture on a bank holiday woth an 8pm kick off on the other side of the country. Especially in the sheeting rain. Anyhow, that result will have definitely helped both Brighton and West Ham, two clubs I cannot begrudge their recent successes. I hope that it continues for a long, long while and leads to more thrilling heroics overseas.”

36 min: Pedro slips Welbeck into a bit of space down the left but upon reaching the box, the striker is unable to work space for a shot. Brighton come again, and Buonanotte takes a crack from the best part of 30 yards. The ball sails a similar distance over the bar.

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