Football: Evergreen Murray gives Brighton 1-0 win over West Ham

Murray (right) celebrates scoring for Brighton past West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Murray (right) celebrates scoring for Brighton past West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Brighton and Hove Albion moved clear of the Premier League's relegation zone and snapped their five-game winless streak after a Glenn Murray goal gave the south coast side a 1-0 home win over West Ham United on Friday (Oct 5).

Murray's 99th goal for Brighton in all competitions left his team 12th on eight points from as many games while West Ham, who had won two of their previous three fixtures, are 15th on seven points.

West Ham dominated a scrappy contest but were undone by a fine move in the 25th minute as 35-year-old Murray, who is in his second spell at Brighton, steered home a fine Beram Kayal cross from the left.

Murray had previously blocked a goal-bound volley by West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic, who spurned a great chance to snatch a late draw for the visitors when he shot over the bar from five metres.