How the Irons rated today


Adrian: Not really called on and  a comfortable game for the keeper who when he did have to get active was on top of the job 5

Jenkinson: No complaints. The lad is becoming a growing presence and defended well whilst getting forward at every opportunity

Collins: Rock solid and a defender playing to the top of his form. Impressive 7

Tomkins: After the nonsense of last weekend James showed us what he is all about – solid and dependable and a defender who can play more than a bit 6

Cresswell: Top player. Ball fell for him a tad fortuitously for the goal but he took it well. Defensively as sound as a pound. What a buy 7

Downing: Good to see him back in action and played some neat stuff at times but blew a great chance when different options were on 6

Noble: Showed no signs of the knock from last week that had put him in doubt. Wholehearted as ever but overplayed on a couple of occasions 6

Kouyate: Loads of energy and had a hand in the goal but probably still coming back to best 6

Jarvis: Bags of energy and no little skill’ Looked our most threatening outlet at times. Good return

Amalfitano: Patchy performance. Lot of ball given away and an odd choice to support Carroll 5

Carroll: Still not 100 per cent fit. Lacked a burst of speed when needed in box but an unsettling presence for all that 5

Subs: Zarate. Terrific performance. Hard to understand how he is nailed to the bench for so long. He must get more game time 8

Nolan: Nothing to say but he gets his appearance bonus I guess 4

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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!"

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  • Hammers54 says:

    Tend to agree about Zarate, but when everyone fit who do you leave out?

  • Dainon17 says:

    If Zarate doesnt start now when will he… Its so obvious that Carroll and Zarate should start right now and even more so at home games I just dont understand the fat man some times

  • MerryMichaelW says:

    Blimey. Has the author caught BFS’s disease? Collins was NOT rock-solid – au contraire. Three glaring mistakes, as pro rata, plus being slightly out of position for much of the second half.

    I declare, I do not understand this man-crush on “Ginge”. I would give him a 4 for effort, same as always. But he is rubbish.


  • WhuG says:

    You know Micheal that’s what makes this game great, so many others on other sites have Ginge down for MotM! I think he had a solid game too and I hope him and Tonks keep their places ahead of Reid on Tuesday.

    The other player I liked was Aminfitano. He is a real quiet operator in my view. I think he might be one of Sams first picks because he will know the work he does for us.

  • Michael Miller says:

    I’d give the MOM to Cresswell for the goal and not really putting a foot wrong, Newcastle were very disappointing and I don’t remember Adrian making a save.

    Carroll up on hus own is stupid, there was a vast difference when Zarate came on, someone with a bit of craft on the ball.

    When they’re fit, Sakho, Valencia and Song would come straight back in – I’d expect Carroll, Amaltifano and Jarvis to make way.

    What I noticed yesterday was how thin our squad looked with a couple of injuries. Cole, Vaz Te and Nolan should be nowhere near the First Team.

  • WhuG says:

    We have the strongest squared I can remember in years but you are right with 4 out in Reid, Song, Valencia and Sakho the bench looks light with Cole and Vaz on it. Nolan deserves a place on the bench for me. With those boys back we look strong again.

    I think we are fine, I think our squad is as strong as most outside the so called big clubs.

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