How we rated the Irons v Sunderland



Sadly, once again the duty of offering ratings for yet another miserable performance falls to me. Here they are! Cue the abuse!

Randolph: If there has been a worse goalkeeping display in the Premier League this season don’t remind me. One decent effort saved so  1

Byram: Boy doing a man’s job and sent off  for two poor fouls 3

Collins: When a 34 year old is regular man of match there’s a problem, did well at back and scored what should have been winner. Feel for him cos he really DOES care 7

Fonte: Better but the odd bizarre moment.Having said that didn’t have to face much to threaten him 5

Masuaku: He now looks the natural left back – decent performance again 6

Snodgrass: Assist for Collins goal and that was more or less it 4

Kouyate: Perfect game for him to boss midfield and failed to do so 4

Fernandes, Game appeared to pass him by – give him time I guess 4

Lanzini: Once again at the heart of the best stuff. Fish out of water in this team at the moment 7

Carroll: Worked really hard – set up Ayew for first and forever trying to get on the end of stuff. 6

Ayew: Scored one – missed another. At the heart of stuff early but faded 5


Nortveidt: Arrived late No rating

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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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  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    What seems odd is the players talking up Callieri then he is dropped to the bench after a reasonable performance. To me Slav seems to be making odd decisions, if you play well and are dropped it discourages all those on the sidelines, can’t wait for the season to end, it has been a challenge, if Sampaoli is available might be worth sounding him out.

  • drevil1969uk says:

    I have to disagree.
    Randolph 4 Had nothing to do and should have been dropped weeks ago. The first goal was a foul so harsh to blame him for that
    Byram 6 To score him 3 is ridiculous, Never a booking in the first place and how Khazri stayed on based on the second booking….Should never of seen red as he commited one yellow card foul
    Collins 7 Beast at the back again and got a goal
    Fonte 7.5 Best defender on the pitch and by far his best performance for us
    Masuaku 6 Worked hard and covered really well a couple of times, getting better and rightfully keeping Cresswell out of the side
    Snodgrass 6.5 Worked his backside off, had a couple of chances and got an assist with a beautiful corner. To score as low as you did is bonkers
    Kouyate 5 Was he playing? Hardly effected a thing and one of his poorer games
    Fernandes 4.5 Showed some lovely passes and touches of class, but gave the ball away for every good pass but did not stop running
    Lanzini 5 Not at his best, showed some nice touches but stuggled and not at his best out wide
    Carroll 5 Had little service but was a menace to them all game, with some crosses and service he would have ripped them to shreds.
    Ayew 6 Scored, worked hard and always looked dangerous on the ball.

  • hammers64 says:

    We are safe now as far as relegation is concerned but what a strange season.Its obvious to all that the squad that is limping through the back end of the season needs a major overhaul in the Summer in all positions.I honestly cannot see more than 5 of this team if that lining up for the start of next season.Just happy that we are going to still be in the premiership next season(though not mathematically yet).Its all part of being a West Ham supporter.COYI.

  • RuislipHammer says:

    A pretty shocking performance again, I’m afraid. It almost seem like whenever Bilic does what we want (e.g. play a proper right back, give Fernandes a game) it just never works out.

    I don’t understand it. On paper, it still looked a decent line-up but, as usual, we go ahead and just stop playing. Quite what you have to do to be dropped from this side beats me. Randolph will probably play again next week, Noble back in as soon as available, etc.

    I’ve lost all faith in Bilic and am just relieved that we have scraped enough scrappy 1-0 wins at home to survive. Not much fun, though, is it?

  • johnham1 says:

    I have to admit that it is now evident that Ayew was Bilic’s buy. It is shocking where a manager leaves two better strikers out of the team and squad in Calleri and Sakho. I like Bilic so I want him to be successful so my only recommendation is who ever made decisions on transfers last summer is not involved this summer as the signings have been simply awful. Zaza, Ayew, Feghouli, Nordvelt, Byran (yes he is so poor), Fernandez – not one of these is fit to play in the premier league. I think Fonte is also a poor investment. I thought Feghouli might show us something but I am afraid he has not. Please learn from our lessons from last season either buy top proven players or go for young promising players. Ayew at 20m was the biggest waste of money.

  • Wembley1980 says:

    None of us want to admit it but Slav isn’t up to the job!

  • ironswatch says:

    dont you mean Rodolfo should have -10

  • ReggieHammer says:

    Randolph…. if he ever plays for the club again, we are a disgrace and deserve to be in a lower tier. Week after week and he makes mistakes that is costing us point after point. So angry right now

    • Max Willow says:

      Why does that idiot, Bilic, insist on playing a clumsy Randoplh, week in, week out!
      I suspect that Bilic and Adrian have had a fall-out; it has just been realized that Bilic has had another fall-out with our best striker, Sakho.
      Time for Bilic to call it a day!

  • Pork Balls says:

    Once again I agree with the ratings.

    Randolph cost the team the points. His judgement in aerial contests from corners, crosses and high balls forward is bloody awful. He is also physically weak and is too easily pushed aside.

    Adrian made an absolute howler early in the season and has never played in the PL again. However, if he had played since January the WHU would likely have 5-8 more points and be sitting comfortably.

    On this squad, where many recents duds are on much higher wages than the main core of talent, WHU would be early favourites for relegation next season.

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