Let’s take an in-depth look at West Ham United player performance in the wake of Saturday’s Premier League loss at the hands of Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium on Saturday, as David Moyes’ side lost a six-game unbeaten run of Top-Flight matches.
Adrian San-Miguel: 7/10
Retaining his usual starting place ahead of Joe Hart between the sticks, though never really making any clear-cut mistakes, it would be an afternoon to forget for the Spaniard on the South Coast.
Adrian would have been disappointed to have been beaten by Glenn Murray from a one-on-one situation, though it would have been harsh to point a finger at him, and there is little doubting that he was powerless in stopping the strikes of Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross.
Sam Byram: 6/10
Featuring in the slightly unfamiliar right wing back position once more, the young starlet endured a difficult outing in Brighton & Hove, not covering himself in glory in either area of the pitch.
Byram, whilst posing a threat with some promising deliveries from the right, spurned two great opportunities in front of goal, both headed and the first more clear-cut than the second, and saw his defensive side exploited for the first goal, being substituted in the second-half.
James Collins: 6/10
The Welsh veteran was figuring as the right component of the three centre-back system and came out on the other side of what was one of his lesser showings in Claret & Blue.
Collins seemed to suffer from several lapses in concentration, case in example when giving the ball away cheaply for the home side’s third of the afternoon, he will be hoping to come back stronger in the coming weeks and put the display behind him in a hurry.
Angelo Ogbonna: 7/10
As the middle part of the aforementioned three centre-halves and much like the man just to the right of him, it was far from the former Juventus man’s finest hour in an Irons shirt.
Ogbonna was caught out by the physicality and pace of the Seagulls attack on several occasions, not his usual dominant self in the air though making some impressive clearances and interceptions at the back, some days of rest should do him good over the next week.
Declan Rice: 7/10
Retained his place in the starting Xl and as a key part of the three in the middle, the 19-year-old was the better of the defensive players, but it’s fair to say that even he was not entirely at the races.
Rice was composed on the ball and continues to be a revelation at the so tender age of 19, nevertheless, warding off a series of attacks from Hughton’s men and protecting his goal admirably, he will be tested by competition returning to fitness in the coming weeks though.
Aaron Cresswell: 7/10
Figuring in a slightly more advanced role than the one he has been used to this campaign, the England man put in a very up and down showing, enjoying a mixed third match in the space of seven days.
Cresswell’s dangerous deliveries into the penalty area created all manner of chances for his team in the first period, although in the second, his defensive frailties were put on show and he was perhaps even fortunate to have not been sent off in the first ten minutes, following a risky challenge on Anthony Knockaert.
Pablo Zabaleta: 7/10
Slotting into the midfield just in front of the back five for the second game in succession, the Argentine rarely put a foot wrong and shielded the defenders in a worthy fashion.
Zabaleta was strong in the tackle, breaking up much of the hosts’ counter-attacking play and many of their normal moves forward also, as well as spraying some nice passes around the field in the centre, he looks sure of himself in the role.
Mark Noble: 6/10
Commanding the very centre of the park in the middle, the Skipper cut a steely figure, but struggled to live up to the high of reaching 50 West Ham goals on Tuesday evening.
Though Noble fulfilled his job in a correct and gutsy fashion, a trademark showing, he did lose the ball more than once and just looked a tad off the pace of things at times, if there is one player who will benefit from a midweek off, it’s the talisman.
Cheikhou Kouyate: 7/10
Playing as a more left-sided midfielder and off the back of a battling Man of the Match display against the Eagles, the Senegal Captain very much carried that form on.
Sporting a black head bandage instead of his Mr Bump-esque white one, Kouyate fought hard, both winning the ball back and getting in the way of it from opposition stars, bullying his way through on goal often, he has really silenced critics in recent times.
Joao Mario: 7/10
Supporting the lone striker Javier Hernandez, the Portuguese International was featuring in a Premier League away match for the first time and impressed fans once more with his display.
However, despite assisting Chicharito with a cleaver and neat flick for his strike, Mario didn’t quite reach the heights of his full debut in Claret & Blue on Tuesday, although it is worth remembering that he is still very new to English Football.
Javier Hernandez: 7/10
Turning out in the single forward role that he has been forced to become accustomed to more recently, Mexico’s all-time leading goal-scorer was able to do what he does best once more.
This is, of course, Hernandez’s speciosity of netting from inside the box, this time playing a one-two with Mario before dancing past three defenders and firing the ball past Mat Ryan in emphatic style to equalise, his second in the space of three League matches.
Michail Antonio: 6/10
Making his long-awaited return from injuries and disciplinary problems as a substitute for Rice in the second-half, the former Three Lions winger struggled to get himself into the affair.
Antonio saw touches of the ball at a premium, though did make a few promising runs with it at stages, showing glimpses, he will be hoping for a start at the London Stadium next Saturday afternoon and be looking to finish the season injury-free and in favour with his Manager.
Jordan Hugill: 6/10
Entering the field of play in place of Byram with just over ten minutes to play, the man who has just been signed from Preston North End was making his Hammers debut.
Much like Antonio, Hugill rarely saw a touch of the ball, but when he did, looked comfortable with it and was clearly enjoying the experience of the PL, the next few weeks should see him progressively integrated into the Top-Flight, one step at a time.
So, now that each featuring Squad member has been well and truly rated from what was one of the more negative team performances on the road this season, will the Claret & blue stars be able to rack up higher numbers on Saturday afternoon? When Javier Gracia’s Watford make the Premier League journey to the London Stadium.