West Ham ratings v Middlesbrough - a little bit better for some!
PUBLISHED: 11:46 03 October 2016
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Who was our man of the match from the 1-1 draw against Boro on Saturday?
RATINGS v MIDDLESBROUGH
Not a great deal to do for once. Made a bit of a mess coming out to try and stop Rhodes getting to the ball first, but would have been heartened by a better performance from his defence.
SAM BYRAM 5
Surprisingly given the nod at right back ahead of Arbeloa, but didn’t get the time to justify that decision as he fell awkwardly and was stretchered off on the ambulance trolley.
ANGELO OGBONNA 6
A debatable choice to play at left back, but at least he is left-footed. He went for the no-nonsense approach which worked okay. Got in the cross for Noble to hit the bar. Can’t take a throw-in though!
JAMES COLLINS 7
Good to see him back, because he epitomises everything that has been missing from West Ham’s game. He gives absolutely everything with his blocking and tackling and never gives up.
WINSTON REID 7
Much better performance from the centre half. He ran his heart out and put in some good tackles and even found Payet with a superb pass to lead to the goal.
GOKHAN TORE 4
Surprise selection, but Bilic is apparently a big fan of the Turkey international. Might not be after this poor display. Never looked happy on the ball and ballooned one shot well over the bar when well placed. Taken off at half time.
MARK NOBLE 7
An improved display by the skipper. Got forward more often and went close with a shot just wide and then rattled the crossbar with another. Taken off once again though and couldn’t quite keep the Boro goal out.
CHEIKHOU KOUYATE 6
Certainly managed to get more into the game than in recent games, getting forward when he could and causing the defence some problems. Had no luck though and didn’t get any shots in.
PEDRO OBIANG 8
Deserved first start in the league this season and took the chance with open arms. Booked in the first half, but didn’t let it affect his game and still got in the tackles to win the ball and stop Boro from hurting the defence.
DIMITRI PAYET 8* (Man of the Match)
That goal was worth the admission money alone. A stunning dribble and finish which lit up the London Stadium. Had some dangerous dribbles and two other shots too, but was lacking in support up front.
MICHAIL ANTONIO 6
Given the lone striker role mainly because it made him less likely to give goals away at the other end. Not a striker though, drifted too far on to the wings and despite a couple of promising runs, it was an experiment that didn’t quite work.
ALVARO ARBELOA (for Byram 7) 6
Came on early and playing in his natural right back looked comfortable and in some semblance of control. Even had one shot that flew inches wide.
SIMONE ZAZA (for Tore h/t) 4
Came on to add some potency to the forward line and failed. His one shot from 25 yards on the angle was horrendous and smacked of desperation.
MANUEL LANZINI (for Noble, 73) 6
Looked fairly sharp. Released Zaza for horrible shot and also had a go himself which flew wide, but made a decent contribution.