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Bowen And Soucek Get 9/10 | West Ham United Players Rated In Impressive Win Vs Watford

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Abhinab Ghosh
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West Ham United locked horns with Watford at Vicarage Road earlier today as they looked to secure a victory on their travels. The Hammers made a poor start to the game as they conceded the opening goal in the fourth minute when Emmanuel Dennis scored with a brilliant strike. Tomas Soucek equalised for West Ham in the 27th minute when he found the back of the net with a low shot. Said Benrahma completed the turnaround for the East London outfit just two minutes later when he scored from close range. The visitors went into the half-time break 2-1 up on the scoreline.

David Moyes’ men were solid in the second half as well. Mark Noble put daylight between the two sides with his successful penalty just before the hour mark before Nikola Vlasic managed to add another goal in injury-time when he tapped the ball in from point-blank range. The contest finished with the Hammers earning an impressive 4-1 win away from home.

Let’s take a look at how each West Ham player fared during the clash against the Hornets.

GK: Łukasz Fabiański – 7/10

The Polish keeper made some important saves at the back but will be disappointed after conceding such an early goal.

RB: Vladimír Coufal – 7/10

Coufal performed his defensive duties well and made a few crucial interceptions inside his half. He also made one good run in the Watford half.

CB: Craig Dawson – 6.5/10

He cleared the danger when needed and won his fair share of aerial duels. However, Dawson will be disappointed after letting in a goal in the fourth minute.

CB: Issa Diop – 6.5/10

Diop made some last-ditch clearances at the back and earned the ball back a couple of times for his side.

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WATFORD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 28: Tomas Soucek of West Ham United celebrates after scoring their sides first goal with teammate Said Benrahma during the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on December 28, 2021 in Watford, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
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LB: Ben Johnson – 6.5/10

He was solid when defending inside his half but struggled to influence the game in the final third.

CM: Mark Noble – 6.5/10

The West Ham midfield ace failed to get a foothold in the game at times but kept his composure to convert his penalty in the second half.

CM: Tomas Soucek – 9/10

Soucek fought for every loose possession of the ball and managed to protect his backline with a lot of conviction. He was also quite lively in the opposition half and got a goal to show for his efforts.

RW: Jarrod Bowen – 9/10

He was a constant threat in the attacking end of the field. Bowen made a few excellent runs with the ball and picked up two assists during the 90 minutes.

CAM: Manuel Lanzini – 7.5/10

Lanzini created a few decent chances for others around him and completed a couple of exciting dribbles in the final third.

LW: Said Benrahma – 8/10

The talented attacker caused all kinds of problems for the Watford defenders. He scored one goal but could have added to his tally.

ST: Michail Antonio – 8/10

The English striker led the line well for the Hammers and ended the game with an assist to his name.


LB: Arthur Masuaku – N/A

He hardly had any time to influence the game.

CAM: Nikola Vlasic – N/A

Vlasic came off the bench to net an easy goal in injury-time.

CM: Alex Kral – N/A

He came on to run the clock down.

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