By Amir Mir
Football Insider marks the West Ham players out of ten following their 1-0 victory over Hull at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Darren Randolph 7 – The away side dominated the game, but the Hammers keeper kept his side in the game with some decent saves, in particular Harry Maguire’s header in the first-half.
Cheikhou Kouyaté 5 – Played in a back three, but he is more suited to playing in the middle of the park. Bilic should consider changing his position.
Winston Reid 3 – As a senior player he should be authoritative at the back. There were too many times when the away side were getting too many shots on goal, another poor performance from the New Zealand international.
Angelo Ogbonna 3 – Hull hit the woodwork on at least four occasions, which perhaps shows how the West Ham defence coped with the Tigers attacking play. There were too many times when Ogbonna was allowing Hull to play pin ball in the Hammers penalty area, should have dealt with danger a lot quicker.
Aaron Cresswell 2 – Continually misplaced his passes and failed to deliver any threat going forward. He was very lucky that Hull did not punish his mistakes.
Michail Antonio 6 – He didn’t get into the game as much as he would have liked, but when he did, he made a difference. Prior to being controversially brought down in the penalty area, Antonio produced a bursting 60-yard run into the opposition half to win a free-kick, which led to the penalty being awarded.
Mark Noble 2 – The 29-year-old senior figure did well to take his penalty, but he was very poor throughout the game. He was unable to prevent attack, after attack from the away side as he seems to have left his tackling boots at home.
Pedro Obiang 3 – Poor performance and rightly taken off by his manager at half-time. He simply could not stamp his authority on the game.
Manuel Lanzini 5 – Taken off at the break with a possible injury. He offered some attacking threat at the start of the game, but was quiet thereafter.
Dimitri Payet 6 – The France international was one of a few who was producing that attacking spark for the home side. Whether it be his set-pieces or his forward passing, he was one of few trying to make something happen.
Andy Carroll 4 – Tried his best to get into the game, but couldn’t manage to threaten the Hull goalkeeper.
Andre Ayew – 5
Edimilson Fernandes – 5
Havard Nordtveit – Came on during stoppage time.
In other West Ham team news, Slaven Bilic should not have sold this 27-year-old international.