Date: 31st December 2016 at 5:09pm
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By Matt Farr

Football Insider rates the West Ham players during their 1-0 defeat to Leicester on Saturday.

Darren Randolph 6 – An end-to-end game, but not too much work for the Hammers stopper to do. When called upon, looked comfortable; made an excellent save to deny Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick.

Aaron Cresswell 6 – A day more for defending than attacking, but Cresswell was impressive in both areas. Defended well and provided great support in the final-third.

Havard Nordtveit 5 – Switched to right-back in a change to 4-2-3-1 and struggled. Gave away possession on more than one occasion.

Angelo Ogbonna 6 – Demonstrated some good old-fashioned defending. An excellent last-ditch challenge to deny Slimani.

Winston Reid 6 – Calm and assured yet again, despite the result.

Mark Noble 6 – Dictated the game well. Withdrawn through injury after Amartey’s challenge. Could be a major loss.

Cheikhou Kouyate 6 – Retained his role in the midfield and won the ball well in the second-half. Overrun in the first period.

Dimitri Payet 6 – Always looking to create something. Still not quite re-discovered that magic touch from earlier in the year, but

Andre Ayew 3 – The 27-year-old was absent for large periods. A questionable display from the West Ham forward who offered next to nothing.

Michail Antonio 7 – Been West Ham’s best performer this season and looked impressive in the final third once again. Denied by the woodwork on the stroke of half-time.

Andy Carroll 6 – worked hard, but few clear cut opportunities to deal with. A head in hands moment at the end of the game, missing a glorious opportunity to level the scoreline. A valuable defensive asset though.

Subs:

Manuel Lanzini 6 (for Noble 57) – Added a bit more creative spark from a deep role, with Leicester allowing them to commit numbers forward.

Sofiane Feghouli 6 (for Ayew 65) – Active in the final-third, but created little.

Edimilson Fernandes 6 (for Kouyate 78) – Little time to influence the game.

In other West Ham news, Slaven Bilic has made a shock admission over this Hammers player.