Let’s analyse player performance in the wake of David Moyes’ West Ham United’s Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round upset at the hands of Paul Cook’s Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as the Hammers’ 38-year wait for glory in the Competition was extended.
Joe Hart: 6/10
Retaking his place between the sticks from Adrian San-Miguel, as is custom with domestic Cup matches, the England shot-stopper would endure an afternoon to forget in Lancashire.
Hart was criticised by many for his role in Wigan’s opener, being beaten by a Will Grigg header at his near post with his National Team Manager watching from the Stands, the Manchester City loanee may well have played for the final time in Claret & Blue.
Pablo Zabaleta: 7/10
Figuring as a right-back in a rare flat back four from Moyes, the veteran defender performed well in a defensive sense and looked a threat when his team went forward.
However, understandably, Zabaleta was substituted at the break in favour of a more attacking option in new signing Joao Mario, though he can be expected to keep his place in the Premier League on Tuesday evening.
Reece Burke: 5/10
Starting in his usual centre-back role, much like the goalkeeper behind him, the young starlet won’t be remembering his afternoon for a long time as he returned to his former DW Stadium stamping ground.
Burke gave away the penalty that led to the Latics’ second goal and although the handball decision was branded as harsh by many, there can be little questioning that his arm was not in a natural position, he will be hoping to bounce back quickly.
Angelo Ogbonna: 6/10
Featuring as the second centre-back and starting in his 20th match in succession, the former Juventus man was the stand-out performer within the back four.
But, Ogbonna still looked a little rusty, a product of his excessive game time in recent weeks, missing a few tackles and not being quite as dominant as he usually is in the air, he will be raring to go again Tuesday night looking to improve.
Aaron Cresswell: 6/10
Returning to his more accustomed position of left-back in the wake of a run of games in central defence, the Three Lions man would have hoped for a more positive result with Southgate on-watching.
Defensively, Cresswell could have undoubtedly been better, getting used to playing his old role a little bit, though he was able to fire some deliveries into the box and get into some good positions on the left, he should return to centre-back in midweek.
Sam Byram: 6/10
Charged with featuring in a totally unfamiliar right-wing position, the young defender failed to pose any serious threat to goal and gave the ball away a few too many times.
Byram was also caught offside on numerous occasions, showing a lack of experience further up the pitch and failed to provide the two strikers with the service they would have been hoping for, delivering only a rare few crosses into the box.
Josh Cullen: 6/10
Featuring in the centre of midfield alongside Pedro Obiang, the young former Bradford City Player of the Year, want quite at the races the way he has been in recent outings.
Cullen was unable to hold onto possession in his customary fashion, giving the ball away and not quite having his usual eye for picking out passes, a rare off day for him and a return to Bolton Wanderers on loan with Burke may well await in the following days.
Pedro Obiang: 7/10
Alongside Cullen just in front of the defence, the Spaniard enjoyed a positive opening 36 minutes, cool, calm and collected with the ball, making some impressive passes and threatening with some good runs.
However, involved in a tackle with Max Power of Athletic just before the break, Obiang seriously injured his knee and was taken off the field of play via a stretcher, the extent of the blow is not yet known, he becomes the 12th injured West Ham first-team star.
Arthur Masuaku: 4/10
Playing as an out and out left winger, the DR Congo International looked a constant threat to the Tics defence in the first period, giving them a run around on the left side.
However, just four minutes into the second-half, Masuaku was shown the first red card of his career by Referee Chris Kavanagh for a despicable spit out at opponent Nick Powell, the minimum ban that he is expected to face stands at six matches, meaning he is likely to be out until the end of March.
Antonio Martinez: 7/10
Starting in a front two next to his idol Javier Hernandez, the young Spanish prodigy outshone him, holding up the ball nicely and getting the better of the home side’s defenders for strength and pace more than once.
However, Martinez was just unable to get in the right positions at the right times to ask questions of Wigan shot-stopper Chris Walton, this is something that should improve within his game as time goes along, he may get another chance to prove himself against Crystal Palace.
Javier Hernandez: 5/10
As the other half of the attacking duo, Mexico’s all-time leading goal-scorer looked flat, disinterested and out of the affair at numerous points over the 90 minutes.
Chicharito was inactive and scarcely involved in the action, seeing very few touches of the ball in either half and further from Martinez to getting his name in the scoresheet, his form must improve rapidly again after netting against AFC Bournemouth last weekend.
Reece Oxford: 6/10
Entering the field of play as Obiang’s replacement just prior to half-time, amid rumours of his future, the England Youth man slotted into the midfield nicely and improved on his showing against Shrewsbury town in the previous Round.
Oxford was also heavily involved in the Irons’ best moment in front of goal for the entirety, firing an effort from just inside the box inches over the crossbar, so close to his first competitive goal in Claret & Blue.
Joao Mario: 7/10
Acting as Zabaleta’s replacement at the break to make his debit in Claret & Blue, the Inter Milan loanee endured a tough 45 minutes, a hard game for any forward player to enter.
But, Mario did look a handful in the final third, linking with his teammates, whom he had only trained with once before Saturday well, picking out some nice attacking passes, Hammers fans will be excited to see what he can bring over the next few weeks.
Sead Haksabanovic: 7/10
Replacing Martinez in the wake of his head injury with around ten minutes left to play, the young Montenegrin International brought a different dimension to his side’s play during his short time on the pitch.
Haksabanovic was quick on and off the Ball, taking on the Wigan defenders and having success against them, leaving the travelling 4,750 Claret & Blue Army members to wonder what would have happened had he started.
So, now that each featuring Squad member has been well and truly rated from what was one of the more disappointing team performances of this campaign for Moyes’ boys, will the Claret & Blue stars rack up higher scores come Tuesday night? When Roy Hodgson’s Palace visit the London Stadium.