West Ham player ratings v Bournemouth: 27-year-old all over the place
By Danny Wright
Football Insider rates the West Ham players out of 10 after their 3-2 loss to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
Darren Randolph 7 – Made a number of good saves in the first half and looked very sharp. He was on hand to save Bournemouth’s second penalty kick, despite it being a very poor strike from Benik Afobe. Randolph was not at fault for any of Josh King’s three goals and was massively let down by his defence.
Cheikhou Kouyate 5 – Looked completely out of place at right-back and Slaven Bilic has to address this problem area in the summer. It would be unfair to be too harsh on the 27-year-old who has been forced to play out of position for the last five games.
Jose Fonte 3 – The former Southampton centre-back was left embarrassed by King as he flicked the ball over his head before striking Bournemouth’s opener. He was slightly hard-done by when he conceded the second penalty of the game when he made minimal contact with Marc Pugh but had a torrid afternoon where he simply couldn’t keep up with the hosts’ attack.
Winston Reid 5 – Was well out of position when he conceded a free-kick which led to the host’s second goal. He had nowhere near as bad of a game as Fonte, but the West Ham defence needs to unite in order to arrest their current slump.
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Aaron Cresswell 5 – Lost the ball in the build up to the host’s first goal and failed to redeem himself as he looked way too relaxed when he had to get back and defend.
Mark Noble 6 – The captain didn’t seem at the races on Saturday and had a very quiet game, however when needed to he provided a good link between the midfield and the attack and defence.
Pedro Obiang 5 – Didn’t look like he could cope with Bournemouth’s pace in the opening stages and was booked for a desperate sliding challenge. The 24-year-old decided he didn’t fancy marking King when he scored his second goal of the game.
Sofiane Feghouli 2 – No one knows what the 27-year-old was playing at when he hauled down Charlie Daniels to concede a penalty in the first half, especially when Fonte was ready to make an easy challenge on the Bournemouth player. He failed to impress both with and without the ball it all afternoon and was rightly taken off in the 58th minute. All over the place.
Manuel Lanzini 7 – Had a few wild shots and crosses in the first half but on the whole he looked very calm and astute on the ball. It was definitely an above average game from the attacking-midfielder who was surrounded by some very sub-par performances.
Michail Antonio 7 – He was back in the side with a bang when it took him just 10 minutes to get his first league goal since December. The winger scored a beautiful goal on the turn to put his side ahead. He seemed as though he was West Ham’s only reliable source of goals all game but failed to reach his potential when forced to play on the left wing.
Andy Carroll 5 – It was a game to forget for Carroll, who barely featured during the game. He didn’t do a lot wrong but that was hugely down to the fact that he hardly ever got a chance with the ball. It was a good job Antonio was back from his suspension or it would have been a goalless game for the Hammers.
Robert Snodgrass (on for Mark Noble 58min) 5
Andre Ayew (on for Sofiane Feghouli 58min) 7
Sam Byram (on for Cheikhou Kouyate 78min) 6