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Lanzini Gets 9 | West Ham United Players Rated In Their Incredible 3-3 Draw Vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

West Ham United clashed heads with Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier today hoping to grind out a result in the London derby. The Hammers made a nightmare start to the game as they conceded an early goal to Son Heung-min before Harry Kane scored two quick-fire goals to put daylight between the two teams. Spurs went into the half-time break three goals to the good.

David Moyes’ men dominated the game in the second half and finally managed to get themselves back into the contest courtesy of Fabian Balbuena’s header and Davinson Sanchez’s own goal. Manuel Lanzini pulled off a remarkable comeback with his stunning wondergoal to level the game in injury-time as the match finished 3-3 with both sides sharing the points.

Let’s take a look at how each West Ham player performed during the match against Spurs.

GK: Łukasz Fabiański – 6/10

The Hammers keeper conceded three early goals but stayed strong and kept things tight at the back throughout the remainder of the game.

RB: Vladimír Coufal – 6/10

He was defensively vulnerable but showed great energy to join in on the attack in the second half. His cross also led to Sanchez’s own goal which gave West Ham real belief to make the incredible comeback.

CB: Fabian Balbuena – 5.5/10

Defensively, Balbuena was a bit all over the place, but he did well to score his team’s first goal which swung the pendulum in the Hammers’ favour.

CB: Angelo Ogbonna – 5/10

The Italian struggled to give a good account of himself during the game and looked shaky at the back. He won’t be happy for conceding three early goals today.

West Ham United Players Rated In Draw Vs Tottenham (West Ham players are seen defending in the picture)
Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (3R) heads the ball for the third goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on October 18, 2020. (Photo by MATT DUNHAM/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

CB: Aaron Cresswell – 6/10

He produced a brilliant cross to set-up Balbuena’s goal but struggled to maintain a solid defensive shape inside his half.

LB: Arthur Masuaku – 5/10

Masuaku was sloppy when in possession of the ball and failed to create anything meaningful in the attacking third. He also didn’t surround himself in glory defensively in what was overall an underwhelming display from him today.

RM: Jarrod Bowen – 5/10

Bowen struggled to get into the game and didn’t have too many clear-cut openings in the final third.

CM: Tomas Soucek – 6/10

He made a quiet start to the game but put in a much-improved performance in the second 45 minutes.

CM: Declan Rice – 6/10

The English midfielder failed to put a stop to Spurs’ early dominance. However, he never gave up and helped his side clinch a point in the second half.

LM: Pablo Fornals – 4.5/10

Fornals was marked out of the game in the first half and was guilty of missing a glorious chance in the second. Not a day to remember from him today.

ST: Michail Antonio – 5.5/10

The English speedster had a real battle on his hands while up against the Tottenham defenders on his own. However, he deserves a little bit of credit for working hard up top.


CM: Manuel Lanzini – 9/10

He came off the bench to score the equaliser in injury-time with a stunning strike from long range.

RM: Andriy Yarmolenko – 7/10

The Ukrainian linked up play well in the opposition half.

CM: Robert Snodgrass – N/A

He hardly had any time to make an impact.

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