Hart Endures Nightmarish Return As Noble Grinds It Out In Midfield On Tough Afternoon

Player Ratings Moore than just a Club

It’s now time to analyse West Ham United player performance in the wake of their crushing defeats by Sean Dyche’s Burnley in the Premier League at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as David Moyes’ men lost a home unbeaten record that had existed since before Christmas.

Joe Hart: 5/10

Taking the place of Spaniard Adrian San-Miguel to take his first Premier League start since December 2017, the England shot-stopper did himself no favours with the World Cup ahead in the summer.

Hart made one costly and glaring error with the third goal the away side scored, spilling a Johann Berg Gudmundsson shot into the path of Chris Wood to convert underneath him easily, although he wasn’t to blame for the first two, one would feel that he won’t keep his place back in the side.

Pablo Zabaleta: 6/10

Starting out in his usual right wing-back role and continuing to be the man who has played the most minutes for West Ham this season, the Argentine veteran rarely put a foot wrong.

Zabaleta warded off the danger of opposition attacks on several occasions and providing support to offensive moments of his team regularly, on an afternoon where it was hard for any player to escape some kind of blame, he could be scarcely faulted.

James Collins: 6/10

Coming back into the team having recovered from the injury that kept him out of last weekend’s trip to the Liberty Stadium the Welshman was the right component of three centre-backs.

Collins dominated the air, making impressive clearances up against the likes of Ashley Barnes, but was still very much a part of a defensive performance to forget from the home team, being a little slow to react namely for the visitors’ second goal and assisted in confronting pitch-invading supporters.

Angelo Ogbonna: 5/10

Making his comeback from the illness that kept him out last weekend, the Italian was charged with holding the defence together as the middle of the three and was arguably the worst performer of them.

Ogbonna allowed Wood to beat him to the ball and cross crucially on 66 minutes for the Clarets to open the scoring and was at fault several other times as the visitors threatened the goal, a rare bad day of the office for him and one that could well damage his Hammer of the Year chances.

Aaron Cresswell: 5/10

Continuing to feature at centre-back despite a below-par performance in the defeat to Swansea City last time out, the England International, much like Hart, did himself no favours ahead of the International break.

While Cresswell did pose a threat with some promising deliveries going forward, his side was exposed defensively time and time again, struggling to deal with the pace of names such as Aaron Lennon in attack for the visitors, he may well be sacrificed with Arthur Masuaku returning next.

Michail Antonio: 6/10

Having to play left wing back on his return to the starting Xl having netted consolations in successive weeks, the fellow England hopeful showed signs that his form may well continue in the coming months.

Antonio always looked a threat bursting forward, though his final ball did appear to be absent at times, he is still without a London Stadium goal since September 2016, a run that he undoubtedly must be played further forward to have a chance of ending.

Mark Noble: 7/10

Holding in front of the defence, the skipper endured a very tricky afternoon for many different reasons, still managing to stay composed and professional on a tough day to put in a respectable display.

Noble got himself involved with a pitch invader after the away side’s first goal, controversially hauling him onto the ground in an attempt to get him off the pitch, his manager Moyes admitted he was worried about him being sent off for it, though he wasn’t and will be hoping to guide the club out of a dark period.

Cheikhou Kouyate: 6/10

Partnering Noble in the centre of midfield, the Senegal captain was brave to carry on having picked up a nasty injury in the opening stages, receiving lengthy treatment.

After this, Kouyate didn’t enjoy his best ever performance in Hammers colours, giving the ball away on numerous occasions, being disposed and letting players slip by him too easily at times, his form is now starting to dip after a period of improvement.

Joao Mario: 5/10

Featuring in a pocket of two players behind the lone striker Marko Arnautovic, the Inter Milan loanee was coming back in after being dropped to the bench last Saturday and failed to do his manager’s decision diligence.

Mario launched countless balls into the box that were cut out by the first or second man, wasting a glorious opportunity from a corner that Nick Pope had missed in the first period basting his volley over the bar and showing signs of struggling to adapt to English football.

Manuel Lanzini: 6/10

Alongside Mario on the aforementioned two supporting the Austrian, the Argentina International was wasteful and lamented for not making the most of promising positions and opportunities.

Lanzini fired way over from the edge of the penalty area on several occasions spurning a wonderful opportunity having been played through by Collins in the first period, trying to beat Pope near post instead of far, he and his side were made to rue the miss.

Marko Arnautovic: 7/10

Featuring as a lone striker for not the first time this campaign, the Austria International continued to work hard and make his presence known, posing a clear threat to the opposing goal throughout and forcing Pope into a late save from his header.

Arnautovic did, however, missed an opportunity in either half, getting in behind at a tight angle twice, the first time seeing his low shot stopped by Pope and the second time looking to pick out Lanzini, but failing, his nice gesture of giving his boots to fans after the match was a ray of light on a dark day in Stratford.

Javier Hernandez: 6/10

Replacing Mario from the bench in the wake of Burnley doubling their advantage, Mexico’s all-time leading goal-scorer entered the match at a very tricky time and failing to have an impact.

Chicharito would have been very disappointed to have not started and will be hoping that he can find the form he threatened to a few weeks ago in the final few months of the campaign, his frustrating season is continuing at the moment, however.

So, now that each and every featuring squad member has been rated for the east Londoners after one of their worst home displays of the 2017/2018 season, can the Claret & Blue stars rack up higher numbers come the end of the month? After Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton have visited London Stadium in the Premier League?

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Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.