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How we rated the Irons at Brighton

 

Hughie hands out his marks

 

Fabianski: A game he will want to forget. Entirely responsible the critical goal which gave the home side a lead and had no chance with the other two. Did release the ball quicker than at many times this season but not his day at all 4

Coufal: Did well defensively for most of the game and stopped the dangerous Albion player of the season Cucarella getting up the pitch for most of the game. When he did late on as we tired we saw how dangerous he would have been 7

Dawson: I make him and Zouma responsible for the third goal as neither got near Welbeck from a corner, He’s been a near ever present this season and looked weary but he’s certainly worth a 6

Zouma: Still the subject of much jeering but reacts as calmly as he did at the start of it all. By and large a reasonable game although was made to face some very slick passing and movement. Didn’t always cope 6

Cresswell: Slow start with one or two errors thrown in but grew into it and but for a great block might have had a goal at 2-1. 6

Rice: Clear man of the match AGAIN. A near faultless display and the drilled passes to the left and right wings were bang on the money. Positionally he is instinctively on it – fine game 9

Soucek: For the first time he looked incapable of getting up and down at pace. The man has played 54 games and was made to suffer against the slick Brighton midfield 4

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Lanzini: Battled hard but couldn’t provide the much needed creativity the Hammers were crying out for. Neat passing and did his bit tracking back and defending although found out now and again 5

Fornals: The usual top work rate after so many games this season  but that showed at times with some sloppy passing and approach work. In  fairness he got things moving now and again 6

Bowen: After such a stellar season we were exciting a big finale but he had little influence on a game where were usually second best 5

Antonio: Stupendous goal out of absolutely nothing but his touch so often lets him down although he will always be a handful when he breaking forward 6

Subs

Yarmolenko: Probably his final game in claret and blue but was sadly anonymous 4

Johnson: On late with the other two – no rating

Noble: He received his final game minutes and one wonders why he is retuiring. Did little to speak of but never out of place. Same as Gonzo last week 16

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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

6 comments on “How we rated the Irons at Brighton

  1. The boys showed the effects of the long campaign. I think you underrate Coufal, who was active and alert in a very demanding matchup. I would have given him at least an 8. Rice is a marvel — he was clearly as tired as the rest, but still worked his usual magic with only an occasional slip-up. Glad to see Mikey get a goal. We’re a better side than Man U this year, and it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t nose them out as we deserved. But it’s been quite a year even so — hats off to Moyesey and the whole side. Let’s hope for a strong transfer window, finally!

  2. Pleased to see there was no mark for Moyes…….
    Get rid of him now , he’s served his purpose !!!!

  3. I got back about an hour ago and maybe it came across as better on the TV but seriously Fornals a 6?
    Did he even complete a pass?

    I think Moyes should be taking the blame for some seriously poor displays recently.
    He is too rigid with his shape
    Lack of knowledge of when to make a sub, if any sometimes
    Doesn’t seem to trust the youth?
    He’s too blame for the squad being tired because it’s him and him only that failed to buy anyone in January.

  4. It’s been a long but largely good season but weariness comes with playing the same team and preset subs. It’s a sad indictment that all attacking midfield players got 6 or less – we were clearly shot. Well done DM but you know what you’ve got to do this summer

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