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PlayerWatch tracks Patrice Evra

After many months out of the game , veteran Premier League defender Patrice Evra made his first appearance in a Hammers shirt and Daniel Danielli Leach tracked his every move.

10 – Holds the ball up well against Arnold and spins him before passing the ball to Arnautovic

15 – Wins a 50/50 header which deflects off Can but still finds the desired target João Mario

16 – Makes an important tackle on his opponent which the ball falls to Noble

25 – Receives a good cross field pass from Zabaleta but the ball to Arnautovic does not reach him

26 – He nutmegs Oxlade-Chamberlain but the ball goes back into Liverpool possession as he cannot follow through an retain possession.

26 – He wins a foul on the left hand side after being tripped by Firmino

29 – He unsuccessfully plays a one-two with Arnautovic 

48 – Makes a great tackle on Arnold but the ball goes back to Liverpool possession

51 – Plays a neat one-two with Cresswell but no attack materialises

55 – Calmly turns Oxlade-Chamberlain and plays the ball to Lanzini in midfield

62 – Plays a very heavy ball to Arnautovic down the line but miraculously Arnautovic chases Arnold and steals the ball off him

68 – A lobbed ball to the edge of the area for Arnautovic does not reach him

75 – A poor Noble pass which was about to go for a throw on was kept in play by Evra very well as he clears the ball down the line to keep it in play

89 – Chases the ball down against Arnold very well and wins the 50/50 hustle between them

Verdict – 6 – Despite an underwhelming first appearance,  Evra was one of our better performers. Given that he has not played a competitive game for 4 months and is pressing on in years he played quite well against a fine Liverpool team. His experience was evident throughout as he was composed, made many tackles and was arguably our best defender even though he is off the pace compared to his performances in his prime. He also tried to link up with Arnautovic on many occasions.

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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