Let’s take an in-depth look at player performance from Sunday evening’s credible defeat to in-form record-breakers Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium, as a much-improved team showing left many Hammers surprisingly satisfied.
Adrian San-Miguel: 8/10
Coming in for the ineligible Joe Hart against his parent club, the Spaniard was excellent just when his Manager David Moyes needed him to be, earning the West Ham United Man of the Match for his showing.
Adrian produced a string of saves at key moments throughout the encounter, denying the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus on multiple occasions and giving the new Boss a massive call to make in goal ahead of Saturday’s clash with Chelsea.
Declan Rice: 7/10
The Irish youngster, who was making his third Top-Flight start and his first since late August, earned the plaudits of many for his efforts against what is considered to be one of the best attacking forces in World Football.
Despite the fact that he was a little slow to react to Nicolas Otamendi’s equaliser and David Silva’s winner for the home side, Rice continues to be a revelation and is almost certain to hold down his starting spot next weekend.
Angelo Ogbonna: 8/10
After a tough few games to begin the Moyes era, it would be a particularly memorable afternoon as he netted for the first time in The PL, rising high to power a header past Ederson and put us in front on the stroke of half-time.
In addition to this, Ogbonna contributed heavily to a superb overall defensive performance, winning a series of headers and making numerous good interceptions, a sure way to win fans back over as other defenders start to return from injury.
Aaron Cresswell: 7/10
Bizarrely being asked to play as a makeshift centre-back for the first time in Claret & Blue, having seen teammate Winston Reid ruled out with injury, the left-back held his own and looked at home in the position.
Despite not being the tallest, Cresswell was strong in the air and stood tall to get in the way of a number of shots that came in from the home attacking players, the England International should be able to return left in the upcoming weeks though.
Pablo Zabaleta: 6/10
Making an emotional return to the club which he served for nine years and holding the Captain’s Armband for it also for the first time in his West Ham United Career.
Aside from all the attention, Zabaleta put in a strong display as he continues to improve, taking the game to City at times forward on the right side and more than doing his bit defensively with some great tackles, buoyed by the occasion.
Edimilson Fernandes: 6/10
Featuring from the start for the first time in the reign of Moyes, the Swiss International endured an up and down 90 minutes but impressed the travelling Claret & Blue Army on the whole.
Fernandes showed good skill and movement at times, however, was a little slow to react to danger and lazy on the ball come other occasions, something that should change as he gains more game time this campaign.
Cheikhou Kouyate: 6/10
In the wake of another sloppy showing against Everton on Wednesday night, the Senegal Skipper needed to redeem himself and unfortunately didn’t last until half-time having shown promise in the early stages.
Kouyate was replaced by Diafra Sakho having sustained a knock and his current condition is unclear, he could be yet one more addition to a growing injury list just at the wrong time, but will it be serious?
Pedro Obiang: 6/10
Featuring in his usual central midfield role, the former Sampdoria man was a different example of individual improvement just when he needed to be on top of his game in the absence of Club-captain Mark Noble from The Squad.
Obiang fought hard in midfield, tackling well to stop forward movements from troubling the back three and even providing useful support to his own team’s attacks, something that has been missing from his game for a while and many hope he will be able to continue on with.
Arthur Masuaku: 7/10
Making his third consecutive start in the left-wing position, the Frenchman is certainly starting to adapt to his new role, troubling Pep Guardiola’s defence many a time with a threatening run or two.
However, Masuaku was forced to drop back more in the second period and certainly needs to work on his end product when he does get into a position of real note, although yesterday’s showing was one more step in the right direction for him.
Manuel Lanzini: 6/10
Having to prove a point to everyone associated with West Ham United after failing to convert from the penalty spot at on Merseyside last time out, The Argentina International did not hide from the ball in midfield.
Although, Lanzini was presented with another big chance in the first-half, firing straight at Ederson from a tough angle, aside from that, he proved to be a creative spark at times and made a number of promising runs with the ball, ever-improving.
Michail Antonio: 7/10
For many, it was great to see the 2016/2017 Hammer of the Year back starting off the back of over a month out with injury and he put in a showing to match the expectations of on-watchers.
But, slightly concerningly for Moyes, unplanned changes meant that he was forced to stay on till late and looked tired in the second-half, eventually leaving the field in distress, in addition to the Medical Team’s other worries.
Diafra Sakho: 7/10
Replacing his injured Senegal teammate just before the break, the striker was able to impact the game once more from the bench something he had done to great effect earlier in the week.
Amongst offering an extra boost in the attacking department and putting pressure on the home defenders, Sakho won the corner from which we opened the scoring with positive aggression, an element that has been missing recently.
Marko Arnautovic: 6/10
Being introduced into the affair for a puffed Lanzini on the 70-minute mark, it certainly wasn’t a game that overly suited the style of the Austria International.
Having said that, Arnautovic was physical in defence and able to set up Sakho for a golden late chance to level, having been dropped off the back of a poor display on Merseyside.
Andre Ayew: 5/10
Another of those ousted from the starting Xl in the wake of recent showings. The Ghanaian saw no more than nine minutes of action.
Those were the last nine minutes of the encounter as he was unable to make any great impact from the bench, doing himself no favours when it comes to regaining his place from the start.
So, now that every single featuring Squad member has been rated out of ten after a much more pleasant afternoon than was expected in Manchester, can the Caret & Blue stars score even higher at the weekend? As the reigning Champions Chelsea visit East London.