Let’s take an in-depth and analytical look at player performance after yesterday evening’s action-packed draw with Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, as David Moyes’ Irons managed to remain unbeaten at the National Stadium since 1923.
Adrian San-Miguel: 9/10
Off the back of a solid showing against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday evening, the Spanish shot-stopper put in a superb display in making were key saves.
Harry Kane was among the Tottenham forwards that he managed to keep out on more than one occasion, but he, like many others saw the lighter side when accidentally grasping the head of Cheikhou Kouyate whilst trying to catch a cross, another successful outing for him.
Pablo Zabaleta: 8/10
Starting on the right side of five at the back, the Argentine put in an admirable showing, putting on display his capability both going forward and in defending his wing against the home attack.
Zabaleta’s highlight surely came in the second period of the affair when he lunged in superbly to block a Kane shot that was destined to find the back of the net, the veteran’s fitness levels were very impressive considering that he played just two days previously.
Declan Rice: 10/10
Earning the Man of the Match award for his exploits in his first start of the year, the young Irish prodigy put in what was his strongest performance as of yet in Claret & Blue at Senior level.
Rice, 18 years young, earned the Man of the Match award for his exploits and was instrumental in shutting out the hosts for large periods, he continues to be a revelation and somehow who is turning a lot of heads from afar in the Footballing world.
Winston Reid: 8/10
Featuring as the central component of the defensive five, the New Zealand Skipper carried on from his impressive second-half performance against the Baggies with another admirable display.
Reid made a wealth of fantastic blocks in both periods, helping the cause of limiting the hosts to one goal, whilst dominant in the air and comfortable with the ball at his feet, a major improvement under the new Boss.
Angelo Ogbonna: 9/10
On the left side of the three centre-backs, the former Juventus star was a sensation, continuing to improve week-in-week-out under the guidance of Moyes.
Ogbonna was a threat in both boxes, running the ball out of defence with excellent distribution and more than doing his bit to stop Pochettino’s men getting forward, if it hadn’t been for Rice, he could have easily been the Man of the Match returning to the place he netted the winner in the Cup in October.
Arthur Masuaku: 7/10
Occupying his usual position of left-wing-back, the DR Congo International put in a mixed showing, threatening in attack but looking rather shaky when taking up his defensive duties.
However, Masuaku will be remembered most in the affair for a stunning piece of skill that played in Andre Ayew for a late opportunity where we left three of the Lilywhites for dead, however, overall, he will be hoping to improve in the coming days and weeks.
Cheikhou Kouyate: 8/10
As the right-sided component of the three in defensive midfield, the Senegal Skipper was charged with both warding off opposition attacks and helping to start breaks for his own team.
But, Kouyate had the opportunity to take his role in the match to the next level and possibly deliver the Hammers the win when he found himself on the end of a Masuaku cross in the latter stages, his connection was weak, any strong touch would have almost undoubtedly resulted in a goal.
Mark Noble: 8/10
Making his first start since early last month in the wake of recovering from injury, the Skipper picked up from where he left off two days ago with a showing typical of his style of play.
Noble was hard-working, brutish and boisterous to command the centre of the park, contributing both at the back and going forward although the Sunday trip to Shrewsbury Town may see him rested up.
Pedro Obiang: 8/10
Looking to prove a point in the wake of a half-time substitution at the London Stadium, the Spaniard certainly did that, an otherwise mean performance being overshadowed by an astonishing moment of world-class quality from the former Sampdoria man.
With 20 minutes of the tie remaining, Obiang stepped up from around 25 yards out and just left of the centre of the box to slam an effort into the left-hand top corner of Hugo Lloris’ net and stunning Wembley Stadium, a sure Goal of the season front-runner.
Manuel Lanzini: 7/10
Featuring in the experimental striker’s role alongside Chicharito, the Argentinian International wasn’t on top of his game, but did manage to get an assist to his name by the end of the night.
Lanzini was wasteful of possession for the most part though, most notably in the build-up of Son equalising for the Lilywhites when he was dispossessed by Davinson Sanchez, albeit it may have been a foul.
Javier Hernandez: 6/10
Making his first start in Claret & Blue under Moyes, the Mexican failed to impress the travelling West Ham supporters a great deal with what can only be described as a fairly absent display.
Hernandez appeared to be isolated, static and fairly disinterested at times, losing the ball on numerous occasions and not running after it in the aftermath a frustrating outing for him.
Andre Ayew: 7/10
Replacing the underperforming Chicharito on 65 minutes, the Ghanaian forward was proactive and held the ball up well, contributing to the move before Obiang’s thunderbolt.
But, when presented with a big chance of his own, Ayew could not convert having been slipped in by the skill of Masuaku, seeing his effort pushed over by Lloris, he is being tipped to start in the Cup.
Andy Carroll: 7/10
Being readied as a substitute, in place of Lanzini, to play a defensive role in protecting the lead, his priorities were switched before he entered the field of play.
Carroll had to aid with the attacking cause and did this well after netting the winning goals against Albion, although one would not expect him to be risked at the New Meadow.
So, now that each featuring squad member has been well and truly rated from an encouraging evening at Wembley, will the Claret & Blue stars rack up higher numbers come tomorrow afternoon? After they have visited Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury in the FA Cup Third Round.