West Ham United entertained West Bromwich Albion at the London Stadium earlier this evening looking to pick up maximum points in the Premier League. The Hammers made a bright start to the game but initially struggled to break the opposition down. However, David Moyes’ players got themselves ahead in the first half injury-time courtesy of Jarrod Bowen’s goal.
The Baggies refused to give up without a fight and managed to get themselves back into the contest via Matheus Pereira’s goal in the 51st minute. However, the East London outfit regained their lead just 15 minutes later when Michail Antonio scored what turned out to be the match-winning goal as the contest ended 2-1 in favour of the Hammers.
Let’s take a look at how each West Ham player performed during the clash versus the Baggies.
GK: Łukasz Fabiański – 6/10
The Polish keeper was mostly untroubled by the West Brom attackers during the game but will be disappointed for not keeping a clean sheet.
RB: Vladimír Coufal – 7.5/10
Coufal was solid when defending inside his half and was a constant threat in the opposition half. He created a couple of decent chances and got himself an assist in the process.
CB: Craig Dawson – 6.5/10
Dawson was a commanding presence at the back and didn’t do much wrong at the heart of David Moyes’ defence.
CB: Angelo Ogbonna – 6.5/10
Ogbonna dealt with the danger when called into action and did enough to restrict the Baggies to having just two shots on-target during the 90 minutes.
LB: Aaron Cresswell – 7/10
Cresswell was defensively solid as he cleared his lines when required. He was a decent outlet for his team down the left flank and created quite a few decent opportunities for his teammates going forward.
CM: Tomas Soucek – 7/10
The talented midfielder was strong in the air and helped his team win the battle at the centre of the park. He was also tidy with his passing and got back to provide cover for the West Ham backline when needed.
CM: Declan Rice – 7/10
The English playmaker was not shy of having a shot at goal and made one good interception for his side. It was another impressive display from him today.
RW: Jarrod Bowen – 7.5/10
Bowen opened the goal-scoring in the first-half stoppage time and pulled off a couple of dangerous dribbles during the game.
CAM: Manuel Lanzini – 6.5/10
Lanzini created a lot of headaches for the West Brom defenders but was not clinical enough to get himself a goal.
LW: Said Benrahma – 6/10
Benrahma had a few bright moments in the final third but didn’t do enough to find the back of the net.
ST: Michail Antonio – 8/10
He was full of energy and running in the attacking end of the pitch. The English striker ended up scoring the winner in the 66th minute and deserves to be named the man of the match.
CAM: Pablo Fornals – 6/10
Fornals created a good chance after coming off the bench.
LW: Andriy Yarmolenko – 7/10
He came on to bag an assist for setting up Antonio’s goal in the second half.
CM: Mark Noble – N/A
Noble did not get enough time to make an impact.
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