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Ruthless West Ham stun Brighton to go top of league

West Ham surged to the top of the Premier League with a tactically astute 3-1 victory over Brighton, whose winning start to the season went up in smoke.

Fresh from a 3-1 win over Chelsea, the Hammers played with the perfect mix of defensive resolution and attacking guile to cause an upset on the south coast. James Ward-Prowse got them up and running after an error from Aaron Webster before Jarrod Bowen doubled the lead with a mesmerising counter-attack goal.

The bulldozing Michail Antonio added a third before Pascal Gross gave Roberto De Zerbi's previously perfect side a sniff of a comeback but David Moyes' men stood firm under pressure with Alphonse Areola making nine saves in total.

The victory leaves them top of the Premier League - above Tottenham on goals scored - for just the eighth day in their history.

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