Sakho whamaction¬†Adrian: No chance of course with the opener but generally okay without ever looking the commanding presence of last season….6

Demel: Did okay particularly when pushing forward. He always looked to get things started down the right but sometimes looked pretty stretched when forced to defend…..6

Tomkins: Shares some responsibility for the first goal and was never at his most commanding. Could have done better with a couple of headers at the other end….5

Reid: Just an average performance again and might have got tighter on Hernandez for the first goal. Quite argumentative at times by his standards….5

Creswell: Had a torrid time at Elmohamady’s hands at times and a schoolboyish throw-in was a ghastly gift to Diame for the second Hull goal….5

Noble: Always involved but always worried that the lack of pace will find him out – no serious complaints on the night…..6

Kouyate: Can’t fault the boy’s energy levels and always trying to make things happen. Another good performance …7

Downing: At the heart of some of our better moves and provided the run and cross for Sakho to confusion for the second goal ..7

Zarate: He was at the top of the diamond but had no serious impact and disappointingly tired after an hour….6

Sakho: Totally whole-hearted and often involved in the build up play. Caused real confusion for the second equaliser going in where the muck and bullets fly ….8

Valencia: Outstanding goal…outstanding all round performance. This is the man who could set the Irons on fire this year….8

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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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  • Trinihammer says:

    I saw the full reply on Espn. Impressed with the overall play. No one can complain that we did not play attractive football . Much like first day v spurs at upton park we dominated the game without the real benefits . No complaints about B F S from me .
    I was concerned about the numerous times we gave up possession by slack passing.
    Noble and zarate the culprits . Kouyate trying to do too much on his own giving up easy possession .
    If we can get the defence as tight as most of last year we could very quickly become a team every wants to avoid .
    Very impressed with Sakho , never gives up .
    Valencia, Ah . After last night , we all lick our lips and wait for match day

  • bubs says:

    I agree now if we can give Morrinson some playing time maybe just behind the top 2 before BFS friends come off the injury list, we might have the hammers way back for good,

  • conkerpot says:

    Yes when it’s a fast paced game noble gets exposed. The foreign boys coped well with pace of English game. Though zarate visibly tired. Perhaps he’s read Sams comments about seeing him as an impact sub. Mind you that was before Nolan got injured. Kouyate tired a bit second half also and although cresswells throw wasn’t a great idea – schoolboy error according to the commentator, Kouyate’s reactions were a bit sluggish at that point too. He seemed to make no attempt to go to and win the ball, which ultimately of course allowed diame in.

    • philtheiron says:

      You are spot on mate.
      The second hull goal wasn’t one of our collective better moments! But I think tiredness more than anything else led to the catalogue of errors that led to the goal.

      But full credit to the team for coming back equalising and nearly wining the game.

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