Handled what West Ham threw at him, albeit at times in an unorthodox way, but produced a good save on Jarrod Bowen’s weak first-half training before Tomas Soucek’s goal from the rebound ruled out for out -game when he also had to be at full stretch to turn Bowen down again late.
Seamus Coleman 6
After recovering from his hamstring injury, the captain showed at the age of 33 that he still has that momentum of yesteryear. I tried his trick of cutting and shooting with his left foot in the second half, but one of them hasn’t taken off for a while now.
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Lucas Digne 6
Found himself embroiled in an ongoing battle with Bowen and the assistant referee on his flank. A few early crosses looked dangerous but were often kept on the back foot.
Ben Godfrey 7
Restored to his privileged position as a center-back after Yerry Mina’s energy-consuming trip to South America, he produced a dominant performance. The home crowd roared in approval when he impressively won an aerial duel with Michail Antonio, while there was also a blockage at the crucial moment of a Pablo Fornals shot.
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Michael Keane 6
Strong in the air and generally solid despite West Ham’s strong start, he has fulfilled his task of treating the guest striker with manliness and rightly so.
Found himself locked in for long stretches of time and forced to provide a defensive shield past Keane and Godfrey rather than continue as he liked in recent weeks.
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Abdoulaye Doucoure 6
Lots of energy as always but not the panache shown lately, having already scored a handful of goals and assists. He had a few chances on the half end which went well for him in the first half, but both were far off target.
Andros Townsend 6
He looked dangerous when he was able to get crosses but those moments were all too fleeting as West Ham United led the proceedings.
Gray Start 7
A threat every time he received the ball with his smart runs and passes, but like Townsend, those were frustrating and rare.
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Alex Iwobi 5
Posted by Rafa Benitez seeing himself given a recall at the expense of Anthony Gordon, he placed himself in good positions but again frustrated. There were moans from the home support as he swept through the air trying to connect with a low gray cross in the first half while after the break he moved closer with a shot that took been deflected but maybe should have scored.
Salomon Rondon 5
More racing for the Venezuelan as he continues to recover to Premier League level, but remains pale compared to Dominic Calvert-Lewin as he replaces the England international. Has had his best chance to open his account so far watching a wide header from a Townsend cross.
Anthony Gordon 6 (out of 79 for Iwobi)
Provided youthful energy for the closing period having had the misfortune of losing his place in the starting XI.