West Ham United welcomed Nottingham Forest at the London Stadium earlier today as they focused on securing a victory in the Premier League. The Hammers began the game well and scored the opener in the third minute thanks to Lucas Paqueta‘s excellent finish. However, Taiwo Awoniyi equalised for the visitors in the 44th minute as the two sides went into the half-time interval with a 1-1 scoreline.
Anthony Elanga gave Nottingham the lead with a good finish in the 63rd minute. However, Jarrod Bowen equalised for West Ham just two minutes later. Tomas Soucek ended up netting a dramatic winner in the 88th minute as David Moyes’ men earned a hard-fought 3-2 win at home.
Let’s take a look at how each West Ham United player performed during the clash against Nottingham.
GK: Alphonso Areola – 6/10
Areola made a few decent saves at the back but won’t be pleased about conceding two goals today.
RB: Vladimir Coufal – 6.5/10
He made a few crucial clearances inside his half but offered very little going forward.
CB: Kurt Zouma – 6.5/10
Zouma didn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when needed and was tidy with his passing.
CB: Nayef Aguerd – 6.5/10
He was strong in the air and made one good chance in the final third.
LB: Emerson Palmieri – 6.5/10
He caught the eye at times in both halves and was not shy of a tackle.
CM: Edson Alvarez – 6.5/10
Alvarez anchored the midfield well but struggled to influence the game in the opponent’s half.
CM: James Ward-Prowse – 8/10
He made a lot of decent opportunities for his teammates to score. He ended the contest with two assists to his name.
RW: Mohammed Kudus – 6.5/10
Kudus was lively at times in the final third but failed to register a goal.
CAM: Tomas Soucek – 8.5/10
He was a constant menace inside the Nottingham penalty box and managed to score the winner with a great header in the 88th minute.
LW: Lucas Paqueta – 8/10
The Brazilian sensation scored the opener with a good strike in the third minute.
ST: Jarrod Bowen – 8/10
Bowen caused a few problems for the opposition defenders and scored the all-important equaliser in the 65th minute.
ST: Michail Antonio – 6/10
His impact on the game was minimal.
CB: Angelo Ogbonna – N/A
CB: Aaron Cresswell – N/A