Let’s analyse West Ham United player performance from their key Premier League victory over Javier Gracia’s Watford at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon, a game in which David Moyes’ Hammers claimed three highly-important pouts in the fight for survival in the bottom half.
Adrian San-Miguel: 9/10
Retaining his League position ahead of Joe Hart, it would turn out to be one of the Spanish shot-stopper’s better afternoons in Claret & Blue as he kept a sixth clean sheet of the campaign in all competitions.
Adrian was called into action on numerous occasions, most notably in the first-half to save a header from visiting defender Adrian Mariappa, and then in the latter stages pushing away a precise Gerard Deulofeu free-kick, the stops were key to the eventual outcome.
Pablo Zabaleta: 9/10
Featuring in the right-wing back role that he has had to get used to in recent weeks, the former Argentina International put in what was dubbed by many, one of his best performances as a Hammer.
Zabaleta was a constant threat down the right in an attacking sense, but also a rock defensively, keeping the likes of Richarlison and Jose Holebas from threatening on numerous occasions, he continues to defy his age, much to the delight of his many supporters.
James Collins: 8/10
Speaking of proving that age is just a number, another man to do that very thing on Saturday afternoon was the veteran Welshman, who started out as the right component in the three centre-back system.
Collins dominated the air, beating names such as Troy Deeney to numerous headers, as well as keeping him at bay on the ground, making crucial blocks and clearances, if he keeps this form up, it will be hard for those returning from injury to return to the team.
Angelo Ogbonna: 8/10
In the middle of the five at the back, the former Juventus man, much like his other two centre-half partners, put in an admirable display, carrying on from his showings of recent weeks.
Ogbonna was always quick to snuff out danger, particularly in the second period when the Hornets looked to hit the Hammers on the break, though he did also look comfortable when the visitors launched normal attacks, he will enjoy a well-earned weekend off next up.
Aaron Cresswell: 8/10
As the third central defender on the left, the England International was returning to the role in the wake of a spell in his former position out wide and slotted back into it nicely.
Creswell win many of his aerial duels, an impressive feat for someone of his stature and brought the ball out from the back well on numerous occasions, as well as getting forward on his flank when required to do so, he is another example of someone who has had to put plenty of hours in, in times more recent.
Michail Antonio: 8/10
Rounding off the five at the back at left wing back and making his eagerly-awaited full return from an injury that has kept him out since the festive period was the former Three Lions man.
Antonio marked the occasion by claiming his first assist of an injury-blighted 2017/2018 season, bombing down the left to pick out the head of Javier Hernandez to break the deadlock, he showed glimpses of his former self, aside from this he will be looking to stay fit for the final few months of the term.
Mark Noble: 8/10
Slotting into a two-man central midfield, the Skipper was the model of consistency for the hosts once more, not leaving anything out on the pitch over a week after reaching the accolade of 50 goals for his boyhood club.
Noble commanded the midfield, tackling hard and winning the ball back several times, spraying it out impressively to wide positions or forward to contribute to the play in front of goal, he is another that will benefit with a small break before the trip to Anfield.
Cheikhou Kouyate: 8/10
Partnering Noble behind the front three, the Senegal captain battled much like a Lion of Teranga, matching the performance of his own captain in every single way.
Perhaps the most impressive part of his display for many was his tackling, stopping several attacks from the away side dead in their tracks and starting many of his own team’s, he also offered an attacking threat by himself, keeping the opposition busy constantly.
Joao Mario: 8/10
Making his third West Ham start, the Inter Milan loanee slotted in on the right of the three in attack, providing support to his fellow front men and looking to get on the scoresheet himself.
Mario s very nearly did on the half-hour, seeing his close-range effort denied by Orestis Karnezis having been played through by Marko Arnautovic, his quality of delivery was something to be admired also and he now looks to have taken up the role of set-piece taker.
Javier Hernandez: 9/10
Figuring in the desired central role of that front-three, Mexico’s all-time leading goal-scorer and famous fox in the box was able to do what he does best against the ‘Orns.
That was, of course, netting from inside the box, nodding home an Antonio cross with ease, he could have had another too, converting a Mario ball only to be flagged offside Hernandez now has seven for the campaign and three in four in the PL.
Marko Arnautovic: 10/10
Rounding off the attack and also making an injury comeback in the wake of a three-game injury lay-off, the Austrian International picked up here he left off, producing a Man of the Match performance.
To say that Arnautovic was a handful to a stretched visiting defence would be a huge understatement, creating deadly change upon chance throughout the affair and even netting one himself also, a superb touch and finish from a ricochet to wrap up the three points, needless to say, he is back with a bang.
Sam Byram: 7/10
Coming on in place of Mario in the 77th minute, the young defender was tasked with providing support to both the defensive and attacking causes, thus seeing out the match.
Byram took to his duties well though would have been disappointed to have missed out from the start after a small run of starts, he will have to work hard for his place in the weeks ahead.
Declan Rice: 7/10
Replacing Arnautovic a short while later, the Irish prodigy was tasked with helping to keep the hosts’ clean sheet intact and did this in his custom cool, calm and collected fashion.
Rice looked at home on the ball, so too when clearing with both his head and his feet, the sensation will be hoping that he can force his way back into the starting Xl for upcoming outings.
Jordan Hugill: 6/10
Taking the place of goal-scorer Chicharito with a mere two minutes of normal time left to play, the Deadline Day arrival from Preston North End was making his home debut.
Hugill looked hungry and keen to make an impression on the home supporters, working hard to chase back and run after loose balls, those very fans will be looking forward to seeing what he has to offer as his playing time is upped.
So, now that each and every featuring Irons Squad member has been well, and truly rated from an afternoon to remember for Moyes’ boys, will the Claret & Blue stars be able to rack up yet more high ratings come two weeks’ time? After they have paid Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool a Premier League visit.