Thilo Kehrer struggles with 3/10, Declan Rice MOTM with 8/10- West Ham United player ratings vs Crystal Palace
West Ham United were beaten at the London Stadium by Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League after a stoppage-time deflected winner.
The Hammers started the game slowly but took the lead through a fine strike from Said Benrahma from the edge of the box, slamming the ball past Victor Guaita.
But some poor defending from Craig Dawson and Thilo Kehrer allowed Wilfried Zaha to get in on goal and he equalised to send the teams in level at the break.
The second half saw both teams push hard for control of the game but it was relatively open throughout, with Palace having the better of the play but neither team really creating anything clear-cut.
It looked like the points would be shared, only for Olise to take a strike and it deflect off Aaron Cresswell and loop over the keeper to give Palace all the points.
Here’s how West Ham Zone rated the performance of every player during the game.
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Lukasz Fabianski – 6/10
A good display from the Pole, who didn’t have much to do in terms of shot-stopping but was dominant aerially and his distribution was good too.
Thilo Kehrer – 3/10
He had a tough game against Eberechi Eze and Wilfried Zaha in his right-back role, and was at fault for the Palace goal after a poor bit of play on the ball. Not the best performance from the German.
Craig Dawson – 5/10
Dawson’s pass out to Kehrer is what led to the Palace goal but overall he was good defensively and came very close to scoring a header where he clattered the goalkeeper. An okay display, but we know he’s capable of better.
Kurt Zouma – 6/10
Zouma was strong in the air, covered ground well against a pacey attack, good in possession and also was progressive with the ball to get it to the dangerous players. Good showing.
Aaron Cresswell – 5/10
Cresswell kept Michael Olise quiet for the most part during the game but didn’t really get forward enough to influence the game in an attacking sense. Performance has certainly improved since Emerson’s arrival as competition though. So unlucky at the end with the winning goal.
Declan Rice – 8/10
A dominant midfield display from the best midfielder on the park. There was a swagger about his play, he broke the lines well with the ball at his feet and with his passing and led by example. Man of the match.
Tomas Soucek – 5/10
A lacklustre showing from the Czech ace, who didn’t get forward enough to be a danger and struggled with the movement and mobility of Palace defensively. Surely time for a Downes/Rice duo?
Jarrod Bowen – 5/10
It wasn’t a great showing from Bowen, who had moments on the wing with his pace but ultimately had a real lack of quality with the ball and offered little to hurt Palace.
Lucas Paqueta – 7/10
Arguably one of Paqueta’s best performances in the claret and blue with his incisive passing and delicate touches of the ball. Once he’s up to full fitness and sharpness he will be a problem for anyone West Ham come up against.
Said Benrahma – 7/10
The Algerian had a good start and scored a screamer, but couldn’t really get on the ball much after that and was hooked to a chorus of boos halfway through the second half. But he has little to complain about.
Gianluca Scamacca – 4/10
The Italian struggled to get into the game in the first half despite a few glimpses of his partnership with Paqueta and Bowen. Was hooked at half-time in a surprise move from Moyes.
Michail Antonio – 4/10
Didn’t offer much after coming on, although he’ll feel hard done by after winning a penalty thanks to his pace and power only for VAR to overturn it late on.
Flynn Downes – 6/10
Much better in possession than Soucek was and allowed Rice to get forward more. Was unlucky to be on the bench and should start the next game.
Manuel Lanzini – 4/10
Came on to replace Benrahma and offered not even remotely close to the same level of threat or creativity. A strange sub from the boss.
Pablo Fornals – N/A