West Ham United welcomed Backa Topola at the London Stadium earlier tonight as they focused on collecting all three points in the UEFA Europa League. The Hammers made a strong start to the contest but were held to a 0-0 draw at the half-time break.
Petar Stanic scored early in the second half to give the visitors a shock lead. However, West Ham equalised in the 66th minute when Nemanja Petrovic scored an unfortunate own goal. Mohammed Kudus completed the turnaround for the Hammers just four minutes later before Tomas Soucek killed the game off in the 82nd minute. The match ended with David Moyes’ men securing an impressive 3-1 win at home.
Let’s take a look at how each West Ham United player performed during the clash against Backa Topola.
GK: Lukasz Fabianski – 6.5/10
Fabianski made a few solid stops at the back but will be disappointed after conceding so early in the second half.
RB: Thilo Kehrer – 6.5/10
He did his fair share of defending and made one good run with the ball.
CB: Konstantinos Mavropanos – 7/10
Mavropanos didn’t do much wrong at the back and made two good runs with the ball.
CB: Angelo Ogbonna – 5.5/10
He was far from convincing on the defensive end of the field and was fortunate to last the whole 90 minutes.
LB: Aaron Cresswell – 6.5/10
Cresswell kept things solid when defending inside his half but had to be substituted at half-time.
CM: James Ward-Prowse – 8.5/10
He managed to create a lot of inviting chances for his teammates to score. Ward-Prowse ended the game with a couple of assists to his name.
CM: Lucas Paqueta – 7/10
The Brazilian sensation offered decent protection for his teammates at the back. Paqueta was a lively presence in the final third as well.
RW: Mohammed Kudus – 8/10
Kudus caused all sorts of problems for the opposition defenders and managed to get his name on the scoresheet in the 70th minute.
CAM: Pablo Fornals – 6/10
The Spaniard caught the eye at times but was lackluster in the final third.
LW: Said Benrahma – 7/10
Benrahma was a real menace on the left wing but there was no goal for him tonight.
ST: Danny Ings – 6.5/10
Ings worked hard and caused a few problems for his marker. However, he failed to register a goal.
LB: Emerson Palmieri – 6/10
He tried his best to keep things solid on the defensive end of the pitch.
ST: Michail Antonio – 6.5/10
Antonio had some shot attempts but failed to find the back of the net.
CM: Tomas Soucek – 7/10
He came off the bench and scored a good goal.
LW: Maxwel Cornet – N/A