By George Overhill

3rd Nov, 2022 | 9:51pm

West Ham were comfortable in their final Europa Conference League group game as they professionally saw off FCSB 3-0 with a youthful team.

The Hammers controlled the opening half and could have taken the lead a number of times as Flynn Downes shone and Divin Mubama went close on his debut, before Pablo Fornals smashed in a long Ben Johnson ball in the 40th minute.

Ollie Scarles looked good throughout as the other debutant and after his second ball for Mubama went unconverted the striker converted a Vladimir Coufal cross, heading in via the defender for what turned out to be an own goal.

Here, West Ham Zone rate the Hammers players out of 10 for the performances in the final group game.

Alphonse Areola – 6

Very little to do throughout with his side so comfortable. Did what he needed to do late on to snuff out any danger but mostly a spectator.

Vladimir Coufal (off for Ashby ’67) – 7

Sloppy start saw him almost gift the hosts an opener but improved considerably afterwards. With little threat in defence he became more involved in the attack and went close after the break, before his cross assisted Mubama’s first for the club..

Angelo Ogbonna – 7

Lacked a bit of communication with his keeper early but generally untroubled at the back in a confident display. Almost scored midway through the second half as he ran on to a through-ball into the area and had his effort tipped wide, in a turn of events he looked as surprised as anyone else by.

Ben Johnson (off for Casey ’77) – 7

Good display that became more composed as the game went on. Was beaten down the right a bit too easily a couple of times in the first half but his long ball was perfectly weighted for Fornals to do the rest with, and untroubled thereafter.

Nayef Aguerd – 8

In just his second start for the Hammers he showed his quality, and fans will eagerly await his league introduction. Looked comfortable for the first half but was given a nonsense yellow card for a supposed flailing arm. Was excruciatingly close to his first West Ham goal with a deflected header cleared off the line just before the break. Made a brilliant block late on.

Conor Coventry – 6

Overshadowed by his midfield partner but combined well with the players around him on a relatively serene night.

Flynn Downes (off for Appiah-Forson ’68) – 10

Admittedly it wasn’t that much of a taxing night, but shone throughout. Excellent both going forward and in a defensive capacity. Lovely early cross almost gave Mubama the perfect start and went close himself before the half. Tracked back, made tackles, and knitted the play together comfortably. Making it almost impossible for David Moyes to leave him out.

Ollie Scarles – 9

Very, very impressive display for the teenager. Produced a perfect cross that almost saw his fellow debutant open the scoring in a positive opening half down the left, and timed an important challenge well going back towards his own goal. Put in another inviting ball for Mubama moments before the second, before yet another teasing cross led to the third when the keeper parried it out to Fornals. Booked late but almost a perfect debut with a shot inches past the post late on.

Manuel Lanzini – 6

Did nothing wrong but in a game where some of his teammates really stood out he was somewhat overlooked. Had a couple of decent attempts at goal.

Pablo Fornals (off for Potts ’67) – 9

Did fantastically for the goal, timing his run before allowing the ball to run across him and smashing a left-footed strike in. Decent strike had to be kept out well inside the opening minutes and curled in a lovely cross for Downes that should have produced the opener shortly before he did so himself. Generally combined well and slammed in a nicely-taken second just before being replaced.

Divin Mubama (off for Swyer ’77) – 7

Encouraging if lacking in a bit of quality at key moments. Was energetic and committed and nearly had the goal to mark his debut. Almost had the dream start with a ball across from Downes but couldn’t sort his feet out under pressure from the defender. Went even closer midway through the half from a wonderful Scarles ball from the left but was thwarted by the keeper. Thought he’d finally got it but saw it awarded as an own goal, before a late booking.


Freddie Potts (on for Fornals ’67) – 6

Harrison Ashby (on for Coufal ’67) – 6

Had a job to match Scarles on the other side but was a decent outlet on the right hand side.

Keenan Appiah-Forson (on for Downes ’67) – 6

Kaelen Casey (on for Johnson ’77) – N/A

Kamari Simon-Swyer (on for Mubama ’77) – N/A