2018/2019 English Premier League
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Ageless Glenn Murray strikes as Brighton and Hove Albion beat West Ham

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.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief after seeing the battling home side chalk up three vital points in their first league win since a 3-2 defeat of Manchester United in August.

"As the game went on we rode our luck but sometimes you need that," Hughton told Sky Sports. "It's a first clean sheet of the season for us and you need a goalscorer. It's a massive win for us."

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 and a predator's finish as 35-year-old Murray, who is in his second spell at Brighton, steered home a fine Beram Kayal cross from the left in the 25th minute.

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.

It summed up a frustrating evening for Arnautovic, who misfired high and wide several times and was denied space all evening as the home team's resolute defending cut out the supply routes for the towering Austrian.

"Arnautovic is a very good player, very strong and lots of clever movement," said Brighton defender Shane Duffy.

"It was a tough night, he had chances but thankfully he didn't take them. We worked hard on their front three in the week, they threw everything at us."

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was disappointed.

"Frustrated because I think we do the things to win the game, we had three clear chances to score and didn't," he told the BBC.

"They had one chance in the first half and then defended. We deserved more."

English Premier League Standings

1 Liverpool 16 +26 46
2 Leicester City 15 +26 35
3 Manchester City 16 +25 32
4 Chelsea 16 +7 29
5 Manchester United 16 +6 24
6 Tottenham Hotspur 16 +7 23
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 +4 23
8 Crystal Palace 16 -4 22
9 Sheffield United 15 +2 19
10 Arsenal 15 -2 19
11 Newcastle United 15 -7 19
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -4 18
13 Burnley 16 -8 18
14 Everton 16 -9 17
15 AFC Bournemouth 16 -6 16
16 West Ham United 15 -8 16
17 Aston Villa 15 -2 15
18 Southampton 15 -16 15
19 Norwich City 15 -16 11
20 Watford 16 -21 9