West Ham fell to a 2-0 defeat against fierce rivals Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, keeping them in the relegation zone after weekend results.
The first half was a drab affair with Jarrod Bowen going closest for the Hammers inside the opening 60 seconds, while Lukasz Fabianski made some good saves to deny Hojbjerg and Richarlison to ensure the game went into the break goalless.
The second half started quickly though with Spurs on the front foot, and it was Emerson Royal who got the breakthrough just before the hour mark when he slotted the ball past Fabianski.
Substitute Heung-Min Son then doubled the lead after an Ogbonna header fell to Harry Kane and he slipped the Korean in, giving Spurs all three points and keeping the Hammers in the relegation zone.
Here are West Ham Zone‘s player ratings for the game…
Lukasz Fabianski – 6/10
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The Polish stopped had next to nothing to do in the first half but still made a big save from Richarlison when he needed to, and made some more good stops in the second half too. Could do nothing about the goals, however.
Angelo Ogbonna – 4/10
Ogbonna did a good job for the most part silencing Kane and covering the space behind Kehrer and Aguerd as the central centre-back, but couldn’t cover quickly enough for the first goal and should have done better for the second. Unfortunate, but those are the tight margins at the top level.
Thilo Kehrer – 5/10
Kehrer was very lucky not to concede a penalty in the first half for handball but outside of that he largely managed to keep Richarlison and Harry Kane quiet. Was out of position for the opening goal though and Moyes won’t be happy about that.
Nayef Aguerd – 5/10
Not the best showing from the Moroccan, who didn’t find much success with his passing through the lines as usual and had trouble with the fluid movement of Dejan Kulusevski throughout the game. Didn’t look 100% fit.
Vladimir Coufal – 4/10
Twice got caught out by the out-to-in run by the most advanced player on the left, and we got punished both times. He’s not offering enough in either direction and is a player that needs to be replaced desperately as he’s past his best.
Emerson Palmieri – 4/10
Emerson tried to get forward a lot but without a winger ahead of him in this system he struggled, and defensively he was on the ropes against Kulusevski and Emerson. His worst performance in a few weeks at least.
Declan Rice – 5/10
Rice had looked back to his best against Newcastle and Chelsea, but he looked bereft of any energy in this game. He lacked his usual drive and dynamism in midfield, and got caught in possession a few times too. Not a good showing.
Flynn Downes – 4/10
The young midfielder was brought in to try and shore up the midfield and in the first half it looked a job well done. But he struggled in the second half and was brought off.
Tomas Soucek – 7/10
Surprisingly Soucek gets the man of the match for tonight, but mainly for his first-half showing. He was everywhere breaking up play, trying to make things happen and covering ground. It didn’t carry into the second half however, as the whole team struggled to maintain it.
Jarrod Bowen – 6/10
Bowen was a constant and willing runner, but he had next to no service all game. Could have done better with his strike in the opening minute, and did well out wide later on to create a few half-chances, but ultimately not a good performance.
Michail Antonio – 3/10
Had nothing to work with, but every time he got the ball it was negative or he lost possession. For someone desperate to play more regularly, he has to do way better. Only completed eight passes before being taken off at around the 70 minute mark.
Danny Ings – N/A
Said Benrahma – N/A
Ben Johnson – N/A
Pablo Fornals – N/A