Let’s take an in-depth look at player performance from yesterday evening’s remarkable late win over Alan Pardew’s Baggies, as David Moyes’ Irons celebrated the New Year with three points of the highest importance in the battle for Top-Flight survival.
Adrian San-Miguel: 8/10
A strong evening for the Spanish shot-stopper after he had conceded six goals in his last two games before last night, as he made numerous important saves at key points in the affair.
Adrian was criticised by a choice few for his role in Albion taking the lead, although it was a difficult deflected shot to save in the swirling winds, he was also seen to run the length of the pitch to celebrate with Andy Carroll after his late winner, an overall successful outing for him.
Pablo Zabaleta: 7/10
Featuring in the right-wing-back role once more, the Argentinian put in a stern showing, stopping many an attack from the Baggies as they looked to get in-behind on his side.
Zabaleta was more prevalent going forward, however, getting into advanced positions and delivering several promising crosses into the box, causing problems and creating chances, a sure improvement on his last showing.
Winston Reid: 7/10
Coming back into the starting Xl in the wake of being dropped at the Vitality stadium on Boxing Day, the Kiwi defender put in what can only be described as a performance of two halves.
In the first period, Reid was off the pace and struggled to contain the likes of Salomon Rondon and Janes McClean for the visitors, whilst in the second, he was strong and made numerous key tackles and clearances, his form could well be returning.
Angelo Ogbonna: 8/10
Figuring as the middle part of the three centre-backs, the former Juventus man was instrumental in the victory and a sure contender for Man of the Match from defence.
Ogbonna’s highlight surely came in the latter stages of the encounter when substitute Oliver Burke burst through one-on-one with Adrian, his last-ditch tackle kept the scores at 1-1 and ultimately helped to win the Hammers the game, one of his better evenings in Claret & Blue.
Aaron Cresswell: 8/10
Being kept as a left-sided centre-half after a questionable display on the South Coast last time out, the England International, enjoyed a much easier afternoon, showing signs that it could be the position for him after all.
Cresswell did still manage to find himself in attacking positions though, swinging in the ball for Carroll’s 59th-minute equaliser, a stunning cross more akin to that of previous seasons when he made the left-back role his own, however, the defender was forced off with a back knock later on.
Arthur Masuaku: 7/10
Completing the defensive five on the left, the DR Congo International didn’t enjoy his best match in a West Ham United Shirt, uncharacteristically losing the ball more than once when he got forward in attack.
However, Masuaku was still able to embark on a series of his trademark runs which proved difficult to deal with for Craig Dawson at the back, but he will be hoping to have more influence at Wembley on Thursday evening.
Pedro Obiang: 6/10
Sitting just in front of the defence in midfield, the Spaniard was rather poor, giving the ball away in a few too many pivotal positions, namely for McClean’s opener, gifting the ball to the away side at the start of that counter-attack.
As a result, Obiang was substituted for Skipper Mark Noble at the break, his replacement upstaging him in most departments, his confidence is sure to be low at present and it is that he will start against Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow.
Cheikhou Kouyate: 7/10
Partnering Obiang and then Noble in the second period, the Senegal Captain out in one of his better displays of what has been a very up and down campaign for him so far.
Whilst being beaten easy on occasion, Kouyate was largely strong and composed on the ball, supporting both the defence and the attack in different areas of the pitch, he may just be hitting a good run at the perfect time.
Manuel Lanzini: 8/10
Being charged with the CAM role just behind the two strikers, and in only his second outing after making his return from a suspension, the Argentina International looked sharp and proved very important in an attacking sense.
Lanzini was a part of the moves for both if the hosts’ goals and was unlucky not to score two of his own, being kept out from close-range by opposing shot-stopper Ben Foster twice in the first period, he looks like he will improve his total of one strike this season sooner or later.
Marko Arnautovic: 9/10
Playing in an experimental and successful front two of attackers, the club-record man put in a vintage display, earning the Man of the Match accolade and never taking a break from hard work throughout the affair.
Arnautovic also provided the assist for Carroll’s stoppage-time, match-deciding strike with a clever low ball, aside from that, he always looked a threat in the final third and tracked back numerous times to help out the other cause, five goals and an assist in his last six PL matches now.
Andy Carroll: 9/10
Starting for the first time since late November, rather to the initial displeasure of fans, the former Three Lions striker duly silenced all of his critics by putting in an outstanding display and netting his first goals since April.
The first came in the form of Moyes’ boys’ equaliser in the second-half, a wonderful glancing header and the second in the 94th minute, when he popped up at the far post to finish on his weaker foot from a tight angle, eight in his last eight January starts and he will be hoping to continue in the same vein.
Mark Noble: 8/10
Replacing Obiang at the break to make his comeback from injury, the Captain was credited with helping to turn the game on its head with his organisation and composure in the centre of the park.
Noble’s passing was excellent, and he looked fit and fresh, having enjoyed a few game’s rest with the aforementioned knock, he is now set to start tomorrow night and could well prove to be highly important once more.
Javier Hernandez: 6/10
Acting as the replacement for Masuaku with 27 minutes of action remaining, the Mexican International still looked a tad off the pace of the game and a little static at times.
Chicharito did have one opportunity having bee slipped through by Declan Rice, but could not make the most of it, however, he may well finally start either on Thursday or on Sunday.
Declan Rice: 8/10
Coming on for the injure Cresswell in the wake of his injury, the Irish youngster was superb yet again, making a key block to deny McClean after his introduction.
Rice also looked more than sure of himself in the attacking quarter of the field, going on numerous promising runs and putting crosses into dangerous areas, he continues to be a revelation.
So, now that each featuring Squad member has been rated in the wake of a promising team performance to down the Throstles, will the Claret & Blue stars rack up yet more points come Thursday night? After they have clashed with Mauricio Pochettino’s Lilywhites in the Premier League.