Let’s take an in-depth look at player performance from Saturday’s impressive 0-3 victory at the Bet365 Stadium, as David Moyes’ Hammers picked up a first away win of the season, defeating Mark Hughes’ Stoke City.
Adrian San-Miguel: 7/10
Keeping his third clean sheet after replacing England man Joe Hart in the starting Xl on a permeant basis, the Spanish shot-stopper was relatively untroubled for the 90 minutes.
In fact, Adrian’s easy afternoon was displayed by the stats as Stoke City failed to register a single shot on target in the affair, although Hart could return in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening, the former Real Betis man will be hoping for more of the same next Saturday afternoon.
Pablo Zabaleta: 7/10
Featuring at right wing-back in a defensive five, the Argentine was solid when faced with defensive duties, comfortably keeping the likes of Ramadan Sobhi from posing any real danger in the final third.
Going forward, Zabaleta was able to lend a helping hand, making numerous key passes and delivering a good quality of cross into the Stoke box, his solid form continues.
James Collins: 8/10
Making his eagerly-awaited return from the ankle injury that has kept him out since September, the centre-back put in an admirable display on the right of the three central defenders.
Collins was both strong in the air and cool with the ball at his feet, making several key blocks in the meantime, whilst the Claret & Blue Army cheered his name, they were delighted to see him back in action.
Angelo Ogbonna: 8/10
Featuring in the middle of the aforementioned back three, and off the back of contending for Man of the Match in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal, the Italian was superb at the back once more.
Ogbonna commanded his defence and slowed very little room for forwards such as Peter Crouch, who normally have the beating of defenders in the air, he kept tabs on him all afternoon, contributing to the clean sheet greatly.
Aaron Cresswell: 8/10
Being asked to play as a centre-back on the left part, much like against Manchester City at the Etihad, the Three Lions man rose to the task, quite literally in some cases to head the danger clear.
Cresswell was also seen to burst forward on a number of occasions, providing support to Arthur Masuaku ahead of him by displaying some of his attacking instinct, an all-around brilliant showing from him.
Arthur Masuaku: 8/10
Playing a little further back than usual on the left side, the DR Congo International displayed his usual natural dribbling ability and eye to pick out precise passes going forward.
This was seen when Masuaku slipped Marko Arnautovic clean through for one of his many missed chances, while choruses from his newly invented song rang out from the away end, he is quickly becoming something of a fan favourite.
Mark Noble: 8/10
It would be a proud afternoon for the Skipper as he started to make his 300th appearance in the Premier League, the first Hammer to achieve that impressive feat.
Noble marked the occasion with a trademark penalty, sending keeper Jack Butland the wrong way after just 19 minutes, but his outing would come to an end a short while later, needing to be substituted after pulling up off the ball, the severity is not yet known.
Pedro Obiang: 7/10
The Spanish midfielder was charged with being the more defensive of the two, alongside Noble in the middle of this park, and played this role to great effect throughout the game.
Obiang’s performance kept in line with a recent upturn in form that he has been able to display since the arrival of Moyes, looking more like the payer he was during his first couple of seasons in East London, something that he must carry on for the foreseeable future.
Manuel Lanzini: 9/10
Having lacked a tad bit of confidence in recent games, the Argentina man turned things around in Staffordshire, putting a marvellous display in midfield, to be directly involved in all of his side’s goals, picking up the assists.
But, no discussion about his performance would be complete without covering the moment that somewhat overshadowed it, being accused of diving when challenged by Eric Pieters for the first-half penalty incident, he may well face a retrospective ban.
Michail Antonio: 7/10
The central component in what was essentially an attacking three from Moyes, the former England International proved a real handful for the home defenders to deal with at times.
However, once more, Antonio’s game included a lot of running with the ball, accompanied by fairly little output and end product, something that is just missing from his showings at the moment, it’s bound to return soon though.
Marko Arnautovic: 9/10
Earning the Man of the Match award for his magnificent attacking display, the Austrian would have the last laugh against his former club, whose fans goaded him throughout the 90 minutes.
Although Arnautovic did manage to net on 75 minutes, volleying home a delightful pass from Lanzini, in truth, he should have had either four or maybe even five goals, such was the quality of chance that came his way, two in three now for the club-record signing.
Declan Rice: 8/10
Replacing his injured Skipper on 45 minutes, the young Irishman impressed once again under his new Manager, with a disciplined and level-headed performance just in front of the back four.
Rice made several key tackles with big boots to fill, displaying his wide range of passes in an attacking sense also after joining the attack more than we are used to seeing him do so, Noble’s injury may see him regain a starting position in the coming weeks.
Diafra Sakho: 8/10
Antonio’s replacement in the second period, the Senegal forward, despite squandering numerous good opportunities, was able to carry out exactly the task that was needed of him in the Latter stages.
This was, of course, to kill the game off, something that Sakho managed to achieve in the 86th minute, taking the Lanzini ball in his stride to find the bottom corner from close-range, he could well be in for a start on Tuesday night.
Javier Hernandez: 6/10
Entering the game as another of the late substitutes, Mexico’s all-time leading goal-scorer was active and held the ball up well when he needed to, also looking a threat to goal at times.
However, Chicharito did look as little disinterested for the most part, drifting too wide on occasion and putting on show his negative body language, perhaps something that is being catalysed by not going straight back into the team after returning from a hamstring injury.
So, now that every featuring Squad member has been rated in the wake of the best team performance of the season to date, will the Claret & Blue stars be able to rack up yet more high numbers tomorrow evening? After facing off with Arsene Wenger’s Gunners in the Carabao Cup.