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Here come more ratings on the Irons

Such a great performance deserves more than one set of ratings so here’s CandH’s ratings man Niall McDonald handing out his marks.


Fabianski: Had made the most saves in the PL before this weekend (21!). Several more today. Brave keeper 7

Zabaleta: Another typical performance from Zab; does what he’s good at 6

Diop: Showed his sense of timing in the tackle again 7

Balbuena: Looks to have got well up to the speed and physical demands of the PL 7

Masuaku: Very sharp into his tackles today. Dare I say ‘sound defensively’

Rice: An excellent performance in front of the back-four; broke play up and moved the ball first time (and forwards) 8

Noble: Credit to the skipper, played very well with the protection of Rice behind him 7

Obiang: Perhaps the best of the midfield trio 8

Anderson: Much more focused and involved today. Carried the ball up field really well late on 8

Yarmolenko: The glimpses of potential became reality, and not a moment too soon – two excellent and vital goals 8

Arnautovic: Looked much happier with some balls played quickly up to and beyond him 7


Antonio: Showed he’s learned how to run the ball to the corner flag 6

Sanchez: Couple of nervy moments when the ball bounced off him, no consequences today! 4

Snodgrass: Helped keep the ball and run the clock down very professionally 5

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Here come more ratings on the Irons

  1. I thought the midfield of rice, noble and obiang was key to the game. They all worked very well. Work rate was superb.

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