Areola shines, Yarmolenko flops - West Ham player ratings v Man City
West Ham and Manchester City cancelled each other out on Wednesday night with a 0-0 draw in the Carabao Cup, but the Hammers won 5-3 on penalties.
David Moyes made eight changes to his side that beat Spurs at the weekend, but it did not seem like a weakened side in any shape.
They gave the City players a run for their money and created plenty of chances to win it in regulation time.
However, penalties are a lottery and they failed to win the shootout.
Here’s how WHZ rated the West Ham players at the London Stadium:
Alphonse Areola 9
Starting in place of Lukasz Fabianski, the rarely-seen Areola did more than enough to assure Moyes that the gloves are in safe hands once the Serbian leaves. Made a number of stunning saves to keep the City attackers at bay.
Ben Johnson 7
Despite Vladimir Coufal being on the bench, Johnson started and put in a stellar performance. Rarely put a foot wrong and looked unfazed against a team of City’s calibre.
Craig Dawson 6
Was one of the Hammers’ worst performers which says a lot about how good the team was. His lack of pace did see the City attackers get the better of him on occasion, but apart from that, all was good. Scored his penalty too.
Issa Diop 8
In his landmark 100th game for the club, the Hammers defender did not disappoint. Was up for it and sharp from minute one. He would certainly be knocking on Moyes’ door for a spot in the eleven.
Aaron Cresswell 7
The tireless left-back wasn’t given any respite by Moyes who started him for yet another game. However, Cresswell showed little to no signs of fatigue all game. Top performance.
Mark Noble 7
Started with the captain’s armband and merited his inclusion one hundred per cent. Had a fine long-range effort saved by Zach Steffen in the first half.
Tomas Soucek 6.5
Did his job as always but would’ve liked to impact the game more in the final third.
Nikola Vlasic 6
The new Hammers signing is still to find his feet and had plenty to improve after this game.
Manuel Lanzini 6
Much like Vlasic, he did not do that great and explains why Moyes has them as his fringe players and not regulars in his Premier League sides.
Arthur Masuaku 7
Starting his first game in months, Masuaku looked like a breath of fresh air. Playing on the left wing, the 27-year-old enjoyed his time out there.
Pablo Fornals 6
Jarrod Bowen 6.5
Said Benrahma 6
Vladimir Coufal N/A
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