Let’s analyse player performance in the wake of Saturday’s 1-1 London Stadium draw between David Moyes’ West Ham United and Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth, as substitute Javier Hernandez salvaged a point for the Irons after Ryan Fraser’s opener.
Adrian San-Miguel: 7/10
Returning in goal after England man Joe Hart started in the FA Cup in midweek, the Spanish shot-stopper would endure a mixed afternoon between the sticks, one that was largely uneventful for him.
But, Adrian will most be remembered in the affair for his part in the Cherries taking the lead, never quite being able to find his bearings, allowing Fraser to squeeze in from a tight angle, he did pull off a smart save to keep out Junior Stanislas moments later though.
Pablo Zabaleta: 8/10
Starting out in the right wing-back role, the Argentine veteran continued to be the model of consistency with yet another impressive showing, comfortable in all components of his play.
Zabaleta was a real threat going forward, as seen when he set up Marko Arnautovic for one of his opportunities, and stern in a defensive sense, stopping many an attack from the visitors down his flank, he has been one of the surprise packages this campaign.
James Collins: 7/10
From one star defying age to another in the form of the Welshman centre-back who was featuring as the right part of three centre-backs in a wider five in defence.
Collins was a presence in both boxes, dominating the air at the back to clear the ball on numerous occasions and providing an attacking threat up the other end, forcing Asmir Begovic and into a save in the second period, he is proving very useful under Moyes.
Angelo Ogbonna: 8/10
Taking on the responsibility of being the middle centre-back in the absence of injured Winston Reid, the former Juventus man carried on his impressive recent form, taking to the role like a duck to water.
Ogbonna was commanding in the air and on the ground, tackling, clearing and blocking frequently, as well as bringing the ball out of defence and up on into midfield on more than one occasion, an all-around solid showing from him once more.
Aaron Cresswell: 7/10
Returning to the team from a back injury to play as a left-sided centre-back the England International was more of a threat further up the field than he was an aid in the defensive area.
Cresswell got forward well un numerous occasions, showcasing his composure and quality in the final third and was reliable at the back, though not having as much as he would have anticipated to deal with in that area, he had adapted well to the position.
Arthur Masuaku: 7/10
One man playing in a more natural position to the star just to the right of him was the DR Congo International, although his showing was a little uncharacteristically absent.
Masuaku found himself in excellent positions time and again on that left side, unable to take full advantage of them, just lacking that little bit of cutting edge and quality of final ball, he is just a tad off the boil at the moment and his form is expected to return soon.
Cheikhou Kouyate: 8/10
Once again on the right of central midfield, the Senegal Captain dug deep, after a week without training due to injury, to put in a fine, battling and determined display.
Kouyate showed superb pace to get past players on numerous occasions, looked far surer of himself with the ball at his feet and picked out several key passes, his response to a very poor spell of form continues to be strong.
Mark Noble: 7/10
In his usual role of commanding the centre of the park, the Hammers Skipper was another of these to prove sceptics about his age wrong, with yet one more energetic and lively performance.
Noble’s showing was gritty, gutsy and dogged, never afraid to get his hands dirty to help the home side’s cause, his volley in the opening exchanges, an effort that sailed just over the bar was his highlight, though he was a little sloppy with the ball on occasion.
Pedro Obiang: 8/10
Featuring on the opposite side of the three in midfield as Kouyate, the Spanish star, much like his Senegalese compatriot, was much-improved yet again in Claret & Blue.
The most impressive thing for many about Obiang’s busy performance was his energy, having played three full matches in the space of seven days with one of them going to extra-time, he will now enjoy a week of rest before returning to action next weekend.
Manuel Lanzini: 8/10
With the same amount of recent game time as his teammate Obiang, the Argentina International was charged with renewing his striking partnership with club-record signing Arnautovic.
The pair linked up well with each other at times, but just lacked that tad bit extra quality that they have possessed so vividly in front of goal in recent times, Lanzini did go close himself on a number of occasions, one of them being an excellent run and shot not close enough, however, he was hauled off with a hamstring knock just after the hour mark.
Marko Arnautovic: 8/10
As the other half of the deadly duo in attack, the Austria International front-man couldn’t quite keep up his recent run of scoring, although he did manage to make it four assists in two starts.
Arnautovic achieved this by volleying at goal from a Hernandez flick on, it almost culminated in a similar strike to the one he scored last Saturday at Huddersfield Town, aside from this he was a constant threat to the visiting defence, earning the Man of the Match award.
Javier Hernandez: 8/10
Taking the place of the injured Lanzini on 64 minutes, the Mexican star made his return from a flu virus that had struck him down earlier in the week and did so in some style.
Just over a minute after Fraser had fired Howes men ahead, Chicharito was first to pounce on an Arnautovic volley that was blocked by Simon Francis, directing an excellent low finish under Begovic and in, he will be hoping it’s the start of a much-needing run of form.
Declan Rice: 7/10
Charged with securing the back five in the final few minutes after Kouyate came off, the young Irishman made a series of string blocks to keep out the Cherries late.
The most notable of these was to stop a break from Callum Wilson in added-time, one would feel that Rice is set to start in next weekend’s FA Cup trip to Lancashire.
Sam Byram: 7/10
Another man who will surely feature more next weekend is also a young defender, the full-back was introduced to the affair in the last knockings after Cresswell’s severe cramp.
Byram was involved in very little action following his impressive performance against the Shrewsbury Town on home soil on Tuesday night, having just recovered from a nasty hamstring injury.
So, now that every featuring Squad member of West Ham has been rated from an impressive team performance to earn a point against tough opposition at London Stadium, can the Claret & Blue stars rack up yet more high numbers come next Saturday evening? After they’ve paid Paul Cook’s Wigan Athletic a visit in Round Four of the Emirates FA Cup.