How we rated the Irons v Swansea



The most important game for so long and here’s Hughie’s ratings with Niall McDonald away on his holidays

Randolph: Some horrific keeping at times  and usually  bailed out by the excellent Ginge. Truly scary when Swansea pressed towards the end and nowhere near two dangerous crosses 4

Byram: His best performance so far  – his coming of age hopefully – and one remarkable intervention on Siggurdson at the end 7

Fonte: A little better but left for dead via lack of pace on a couple of  occasions 5

Collins: Wonderful performance. Rolled back the years and adopted a fantastic they will not pass attitude 7

Masuaku: Solid first half but got the run around defensively in the second 5

Snodgrass: Provided the pass for Kouyate’s  goal but apart from that absolutely nothing 4

Noble: Needless foul gave him his tenth yellow and two match suspension. Won some important free kicks and worked hard if slowly at times 5

Kouyate: Fabulous goal, incredibly competitive – he looks captaincy material to me 7

Ayew: One great shot well saved, lots of heavy touches and little real impact apart from that 5

Lanzini: Excellent stuff as ever…some real magic in his feet and a joy to watch 7

Antonio: Caused all sorts of problems before having to go off with hamstring problem 6


Fernandes: Late arrivaal in 86th minute. No rating

Feghouli: Usual mix of high promise and no end product 5

Callieri: Slow and with no great hold up ability – not good 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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  • spindoc says:

    In a scale of 1 to 10, your benchmark for poor performance being 4 today is way too generous.

    Callieri and Snodgrass were truly dreadful. Snody seems to have lost all his confidence since moving from Hull – poor delivery, poor passing, poor vision and unadventurous runs. What’s up with him? Star-struck in West Ham? Callieri has nearly a season now in the premier league and, no, I’m afraid he’s not going to get any better.

  • pauljs7 says:

    I thought Calleri played well, was hounding their defence which was part of a few of our attacks. Unfortunately he missed his chance when given to him which is the difference between being a prem striker or not.

    • jonnyd says:

      You cannot have been at the game. I do not know how Callieri could have got 1/10. Offered nothing at all, slow as a slug, and missed an open goal.

  • So there you have it – the problem with rating …everyone has a different benchmark

  • Stinger says:

    He fell over, he bottled every challenge, he gave the ball away time after time, he missed a great chance, was often not where he should have been, leaving us to slow the attacks down.

    Other than that, he was mustard. FFS!!

  • cas_blue says:

    Collins for me today. Ginger Pele is a legend. Left on bench all season and produces a no nonsense, solid performance. When you need someone to grab other people and tell them to get their arse into gear, he does it. When can we get Reid back and put these two together?

    His reaction at the final whistle sums him up. This man cares.

    Byram deserves a mention too. Best performance yet.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I am surprised by the very negative ratings, other than Snodgrass and Ayew I thought the team were very competitive, ironically Snoddy was starting too play well when he was substituted provided good defensive cover for Byram in the second half. Maybe it’s just me but given the lack of confidence and pressure to perform in a must win game I would give them all 8 plus COYI !!!

  • budgiemaguire says:

    The fact that some scum boo’d Callieri when he came on must have filled him with confidence. One more reason once this season is over i’m done. Club done me with my seat, idiot’s having near heart attacks over small incidents. From every angle our once great club is now every moron’s club.

  • Hammer64 says:

    You might find it harder to give up than you think Budgie. I am hoping some of these poor transfers come back stronger next season, like Obiang did this year. Several have massively under performed.

  • ReggieHammer says:

    Phew!!!!!! Much needed win….Byram and Lanzini were excellent. Randolph was again, very poor, must go end of season! Massive 3 points!

  • Pork Balls says:

    Fair ratings and player observations in my opinion, although perhaps a little generous to Callieri who would likely struggle in League 2. Fortunately Swansea are even worse than us.

    The keeper is a complete liability though and he could have easily have cost us the win. While he makes some great reflex saves, his poor positioning and lack of control of the box for high crosses has cost too many goals.

    Bilic is lucky to still have his job today with those 2 team choices.

  • essexirons says:

    I for one will be glad when this season is done & dusted. It’s been ****** since day one. There hasn’t been one game when I have been confident of getting a result.
    we need to spend BIG this summer to avoid another fk up like this season, I want to enjoy football againNot dread every game.

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    I take it you gave Chek higher rating than Noble because he scored a goal. So I will say a word or two for Noble.
    He was as usual everywhere that the ball was providing an extra man and an extra passing option which is his job. He is certainly missed when not there because nobody does it as good as him.
    Just to back that up I also checked the stats:
    They both made 3 tackles.
    Chek made 24 passes and Noble 54
    1 third of cheks passes were forward and 1 third of Nobes passes were forward.
    Cheks pass completion rate was 75% and Nobes’s was 83%
    Cheks one shot was a goal, and Nobes 1 shot was not a goal.
    So although Nobes had a far better day, I would give them both 7 because Chek scored a massively important goal.

    • Dpubtless you checked these stats after the game. I don’t have the time with all else that’s going on so feel free to get in touch and I’ll be happy to include your ratings next week Fishes.

      • sleepswithdafishes says:

        yes LOL luckily I live abroad and watch all our games live on streaming data, but I was actually impressed by Nobles efforts. And then his stats at my finger tips.

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