Let’s analyse player performance from David Moyes’ Hammers late FA Cup Third Round Replay triumph over Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury Town at the London Stadium last night as the Irons set up a Fourth Round clash with either AFC Bournemouth or Wigan Athletic with a second consecutive win in all Competitions.
Joe Hart: 8/10
Starting against his former club as in the first tie, the England keeper put in a solid display to keep his second consecutive clean sheet and shut out the attack of Shrewsbury.
Hart’s only real action of any note came in the second period when a Reece Oxford deflection played Stefan Payne through one-on-one, the shot-stopper standing tall to keep him out, although his performance will not be enough for him to resume the No1 spot from Adrian San-Miguel.
Sam Byram: 9/10
Making his eagerly-awaited return from injury in the right-back place, the young full-back put in an excellent display of runs, passes and tackles, dominating his side in both defensive and attacking senses.
Byram also delivered several promising crosses into the box, causing havoc amongst the visiting defence, although he did have to leave the field later on and the extent of his injury is not yet known.
Reece Burke: 9/10
Figuring as the right centre-back in a rare back for from Moyes, the youngster was a huge threat in both boxes as he made his second start since returning from a loan at Bolton Wanderers.
But, what most will remember if Burke’s notable contribution will be his mesmeric 112th-minute game-winning volley for the hosts, receiving a clever Antonio Martinez flick and rifling the ball into the back if the net off the crossbar, his first strike in Claret & Blue.
Angelo Ogbonna: 8/10
Featuring as the other centre-half, the former Juventus man looked to continue the form that has seen him earn rave reviews in recent weeks and that’s exactly what he would do under the lights.
Ogbonna dominated in the air, not an easy task up against the likes of Payne, while warding off 99% of the danger that arrived via the ground, not to mention bringing the ball out into midfielder on numerous occasions, he has improved mightily under Moyes.
Arthur Masuaku: 7/10
A little deeper than the role he is used to playing at left-back, the DR Congo international took to his defensive responsibilities well, whilst still posing a constant threat at the other end.
If there was one criticism of Masuaku’s showing, that would surely come in the form of his end product or final ball, getting into superb positions beyond the defence more than once but unable to find the definitive pass, he will be hoping to get better in this area.
Pedro Obiang: 7/10
In his usual right central midfielder’s position and much like Ogbonna, making yet another starting Xl in succession, the Spaniard was energetic and showed very few signs of fatigue.
Obiang displayed an excellent range of passing as well as great pace to break away on the counter-attack several times, his energy levels are impressive, and he will be ready to go again at London Stadium on Saturday.
Reece Oxford: 7/10
Appearing for the first time since returning from a loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach, the 19-year-old prodigy was charged with protecting the defence in the centre.
Oxford did that very well indeed, was cool, calm and composed with the ball at his feet and menacing when it came to stopping opposition attacks, though for precautionary measures in the wake of a foot injury, he was taken off fairly early in the second period.
Josh Cullen: 9/10
In the exact same circumstances of his compatriot Burke, but with a different, slightly more attacking role, the starlet showed the Hammers faithful exactly what they have been missing this season with a busy performance.
Cullen always looked a step ahead of the Salop stars, contributing a great deal to the attacking cause and linked well with the strike duo up-front, creating many opportunities for them, he was a contender for the Man of the Match award won by Burke.
Manuel Lanzini: 8/10
Sitting just behind Martine and Andre Ayew, the Argentina international seemed to be the Irons’ best attacking option and came close to breaking the deadlock on several occasions and making it three goals in two matches.
The closest Lanzini came to netting was surely in extra-time when his close-range shot was heroically blocked on the line by James Bolton, he saw several other efforts fly over the bar and will be looking to hit the target more on Saturday.
Antonio Martinez: 8/10
Making his full Competitive debut to the delight of fans, the prolific Spanish forward didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet, though did manage to register an assist next to his name.
This was, of course, Martinez’s clever cushioned flick to Burke for the affair’s definitive goal, aside from this, he appeared to be hungry for the ball and kept the Shrews defenders very busy, a promising outing if there ever was one for him.
Andre Ayew: 7/10
Partnering Martinez as a part of a front two system, the Ghanaian International, plagued by rumours about his future, appeared a little off the pace of things and cut a rather absent figure for the most part.
Ayew never really saw many touches of the ball and wasn’t able to get on the receiving end of the balls that came in and around the box, he was unsurprisingly taken off with just over 20 minutes remaining, a night to forget for him.
Mark Noble: 7/10
Coming on in place if Oxford on the 69-minute mark, the Skipper helped greatly in turning the tide of the match in West Ham’s favour as they chased a late winner.
It was Noble’s corner that led to the winner in extra-time and he helped to sure up the midfield and protect it from counter-attacks as the Hammers upped their game, one would expect him to come back into the starting xl at the weekend.
Marko Arnautovic: 8/10
Entering the field of play at the same time as his Captain and adding more attacking impetus to his team’s play, the Austrian International had the Town defence manning their panic stations.
Though Arnautovic primarily set up his teammates after being introduced, he did go close more than once himself, hitting the side netting from the inside left of the box and curling an effort just wide from inches outside of it, his marvellous form doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon.
Pablo Zabaleta: 7/10
Acting as the replacement for the injured Byram just before the end of normal time, the veteran looked very lively indeed, whilst also securing his side from the Shrewsbury counters.
Zabaleta may now be just shy of his mid-30’s, however, the energy he has shown in times more recent has been admirable, to say the least, though the return of Byram will provide him with some competition.
So, now that each featuring Squad member has been rated from a night where the Irons got the job done at the London Stadium, will the Claret & Blue stars rack up yet more points on Saturday afternoon? When Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth will be the visitors to Stratford.