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Chicharito Gets 9, Antonio With 5 | West Ham United Players Rated In Victory Vs Huddersfield Town

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Premier League this Saturday had lesser fixtures due to FA Cup commitments, but the game between West Ham United and Huddersfield Town entertained the supporters throughout the match. The Hammers were down 3-1 at one stage in the second half but scripted a stunning comeback in the final quarter of the game and sealed a breathtaking 4-3 win at the London Stadium.

Below are the West Ham United players rated in their thrilling win against the Terriers.

Lukasz Fabianski: 6

Made a key save in the dying minutes but conceded thrice and looked nervy between the sticks mostly due to their defensive frailty. The custodian should not be bothered though as he eventually left the field as a part of the winning side.

Pablo Zabaleta: 5.5

Had a tough time defending as he lost most of the duels and also got dispossessed twice during the game. Had a slightly better second half when he charged forward to whip in crosses and take part in the attacking build-ups.

Issa Diop: 5.5

Was at fault during Huddersfield’s equaliser as he did not mark Juninho Bacuna properly who eventually had a free header. Had some moments of discomfort at the back despite winning a few key balls, tackles and interceptions.

Angelo Ogbonna: 6.5

Looked nervy at times defensively but initiated a comeback with a thumping header from Aaron Cresswell’s corner to reduce the deficit.

Aaron Cresswell: 7.5

Was a great influence down the left flank with overlapping runs, crosses and link-up play alongside Felipe Anderson. Assisted Ogbonna from a corner and the Hammers scored twice in the closing minutes to script a dramatic comeback.

Declan Rice: 6

The rising star of the Irons tried to orchestrate the game centrally holding possession and stretching it down the wide. Struggled at times to deal with the Terriers’ counter threats but managed to regain the grip in the decisive phase.

Mark Noble: 6

Showed his composure from the spot to earn his side an early lead. However, was rusty in the middle of the park and had some difficulty while going for the duels, tackles and challenges. Got replaced by Samir Nasri around the hour mark.

Michail Antonio: 5

Had an afternoon to forget as he was at fault defensively when the Terriers equalised seconds after Noble’s spot-kick. Made little impact down the right flank and was taken off at the break to be replaced by match-winner Javier Hernandez.

Manuel Lanzini: 7

Slowly getting back to his best after a long injury layoff. His swift movements and skilful runs often terrorised the Terriers backline. The Argentine earned a penalty early on which was converted by Noble and looked lively throughout while having the ball on his feet.

Felipe Anderson: 7.5

The Brazilian had a slow start but stepped up his game in the final moments with relentless runs, cut insides and one-twos from the left flank. His cross from the wide found Hernandez inside the box who made no mistake in making it 4-3 in stoppage time.

Marko Arnautovic: 6.5

Created a few chances but failed to trouble the visitors enough despite his physical and aerial supremacy. Was taken off midway through the second half to be replaced by Lucas Perez.


Javier Hernandez: 9

Showed his great goal-poaching instinct as he headed home twice in the closing minutes to turn it around and seal all three points for the high-flying Hammers.

Samir Nasri: 7.5

The veteran Frenchman made a stunning impact since coming on with his tricky footwork and quick movements high up the pitch. His exquisite cross from the right was converted by Hernandez to make it 3-3 late in the match.

Lucas Perez: 6.5

His relentless runs depleted the Terriers defensively and allowed the Hammers to push further forward in search of goals.

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