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How we rated the Irons at Spurs

Hugh hands out his marks

Fabianski: Couldn’t be blamed for the three goals inside that dreadful first 15 minutes as the defence went AWOL – Two or three decent saves later and mostly boss in the box 6+

Coufal: Decent game defensively and  did well to set up that second goal with a great drive across goal which took a defelection 6

Balbuena: Like the rest of those at the back guilty of some sloppy stuff as Spurs ran riot but a fabulous headed  goal 6

Ogbonna: Very much out of sorts early on – grew into it a little later as the team improved framatically 6

Cresswell:Fine performance from the often maligned Cress and great cross for The General’s goal 7+

Rice: Excellent performance – ran his socks off, broke up dangerous stuff and got forward well when opportunity presented itself 8

Soucek: The usual seven or more for a bloke who has made so much difference to our midfield 7

Bowen: A totally committed 90 minutes – really puts in a shift front and back 7

Fornals: High energy performance – missed one outstanding opportunity but he leaves nothing on the pitch 6+

Masuaku: He’s a different player entirely out wide – excellent runs and crosses – did well again 7

Antonio: Not his day at all – unsurprisingly  pretty anonymous 4

Snodgrass: Very late arrival No rating

Lanzini: Scored the equaliser of a lifetime you will never see a better goal – all is forgiven Manu 7

Yarmolenko Another later arrival who caused plenty of menace down the right No rating

Match verdict: Utterly extraordinary. We were pedestrian against a slick moving Spurs in the first half but far far better in the second and that final 10 minutes was about as awesome as it will ever get for a Hammers fan. The Lanzini equaliserer – a fantastically struck shot which beat the Spurs keeper at his top corner was totally out of this or any other world. Full credit to the manager for the substitution and at the end Moysie was a 57 year old going on 15 as he celebrated on the pitch. We are unlikely to see another game like this for a long while. COME ON YOU IRONS

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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

7 comments on “How we rated the Irons at Spurs

  1. Never been so happy with a draw ..but more than anything, I’m so so pleased for lanzini, let’s hop this pushes him on to get back to his old self ….fiver at 40/1 to come back and draw was nice to 👏👏

  2. Spectacular – I have every faith in WHU this season – from every squad player to everyone management…get in there lads!

  3. Coufal – The more I watch this player, the more I like him. He played with a lot of heart. Comfortable going forward on the right flank and fed some useful through balls and crosses. Combined well with Yarmolenko to force an own goal. Only reservation is: where was he when Son went down his flank to take on Balbunea?

    Rice – Not his best game to be fair. Wasn’t he nutmegged by Kane who then went on to score? Run ragged by the Spurs forwards during their blitz. A lot better (like the rest of the team) and far more purposeful in the second half.

    Masuaku – Far less effective and productive than Creswell today. I’m not yet convinced by his come-back. Not long ago he was deemed a waste of space before he is resurrected to be King Arthur. I think the truth is somewhere in between.

  4. Snodgrass drew the foul that resulted in the Lanzini goal. How can you not rate that? No free kick, no poor clearance, no goal.
    Bowan and Fournals were nowhere to be seen in the first 20 minutes. Spurs lined up on the 18 yard line without cover. Poor play or poor planning. Defend first.
    Great outcome.

  5. How does yarmo get nothing when he was key in the second goal and has challenge on bale kept the game alive… as for Cresswell after horrible defending line that…

  6. It feels almost as good as a win, Lanziniiiiiiiiiii it’s a 10

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