West Ham came from behind to secure a draw against bogey team Brighton in the Premier League last night.

After having the better of the early chances, West Ham suddenly found themselves 2-0 down.

Goals from Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy saw the Hammers go from 0-0 to two down within the space of two minutes.

But Marko Arnautovic’s quickfire double helped West Ham claw level again.

And he was helped by one bold decision from Manuel Pellegrini, although West Ham fans were sceptical about it when it happened.

West Ham fans bemoan double substitution

When the Irons went 2-0 down, Pellegrini instantly reacted with a double substitution.

He pulled Robert Snodgrass and Pedro Obiang off, replacing them with Michail Antonio and Mark Noble.

Several West Ham fans expressed their frustration at this move. Here are some tweets from fans at the time.

https://twitter.com/jakepg29/status/1080572150023639040

Game-changing substitution

Mark Noble set Marko Arnautovic up for West Ham’s first goal. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

However, Noble and Antonio actually proved to be catalysts in the comeback.

Shortly after coming on, Noble provided an excellent ball to Arnautovic, who pulled one back for the Hammers.

And moments later, Antonio got to the by-line and cut the ball back for the Austrian to level things up.

Noble and Antonio are two players who have received criticism in the past but they proved their worth last night, helping West Ham earn a point.

With an FA Cup tie coming up this weekend, it will be interesting to see if either of these players start against Birmingham City.

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