West Ham were forced to settle for a point as Tomas Soucek’s second-half goal earnt David Moyes’ side a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at The London Stadium.
The Hammers went into the break a goal down after Thilo Kehrer continued his tough start to life in the Premier League as the German defender put Spurs 1-0 up with a first-half own goal in the 33rd minute.
However, Soucek smashed home in the 55th minute to rescue a point for the Hammers after superb work by Michail Antonio.
West Ham fans were also treated to a second-half cameo from their new signing Lucas Paqueta after there were doubts over whether he would be available for the fixture.
Moyes will be pleased with the Hammers picking up a point after Tottenham’s excellent start to the season and here West Ham Zone rates the players out of ten for their performances at the London Stadium.
Łukasz Fabiański – 5
Couldn’t do too much about Kehrer’s own goal but was relatively untroubled for the majority of the game. Spurs had limited chances so it was a quiet night for the West Ham shotstopper.
Aaron Cresswell – 5
Fortunate not to give away a penalty in the first half, with the ball seemingly striking his outstretched hand. VAR revealed that the ball had struck his face first but after his antics in the Europa League, Cresswell must cut these rash moments out of his game. Didn’t get forward and support Said Benrahma enough particularly in the first half. Dejan Kulusevski had plenty of success against left-back.
Thilo Kehrer – 4
It hasn’t been an ideal start for Kehrer, particularly at the London Stadium with the German defender scoring an own goal to add to his poor tackle against Brighton which gave away a penalty. He exerted his physicality on Harry Kane but is struggling to make the right decisions in big moments in matches. The own goal was a tricky situation for him to deal with but he probably could have got into a better body position. Needs to turn his form around quickly. Top players make the right decisions when under pressure and that’s what he must start doing.
Kurt Zouma – 7
Probably the pick of the Hammers’ defence with Zouma putting in a solid display with very few mistakes. It’s always a tough task coming up against Harry Kane, but Zouma wasn’t troubled too much by the Tottenham striker. The Frenchmen needs to develop his partnership with Kehrer, with it abundantly clear that the pair haven’t quite formed a solid partnership as of yet. Long passing and distribution were good.
Vladimir Coufal – 5
Needed to get tighter to Ivan Perisic, with the veteran winger having plenty of success up against Coufal at times. Perisic is ageing and is hardly blessed with express pace, but he was able to beat the West Ham right-back regularly and deliver high-quality balls into the box. Coufal was more adventurous than Cresswell when supporting Jarrod Bowen.
Tomas Soucek – 8 (Man of the Match)
Soucek has been desperately out of form this season but this was one of his better displays of the season. He was a physical presence in midfield and battled well against Yves Bissouma and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg in the Tottenham midfield. Rediscovered his goalscoring touch with a clinical finish after smart work from Antonio. This was a performance that was similar to his superb form in the 2020/21 season. Needed to get closer to Declan Rice at times, with the West Ham midfield duo sometimes too far apart, which allowed for Spurs’ to exploit spaces in between them. A promising performance from Soucek.
Declan Rice – 7
Tried his hardest to make stuff happen but was guilty of leaving a huge space for Spurs to exploit for their opening goal in the first half. Wasn’t helped by the lack of movement in front of him from the Hammers attacking players. Had a couple of long-range efforts that didn’t really test Hugo Lloris in the Spurs net. His quality is there for all to see, just needs a little bit of help around and in front of him at times. Made some intelligent defensive decisions in the second half.
Jarrod Bowen – 5
Bowen is not the same player we saw in the 2021/22 season and was yet again part of an ineffectual attacking midfield trio. His end product is not what it used to be and he didn’t take on his full-back anywhere near enough. There’s plenty of the season still to go, but Bowen really does look a shadow of the player he was last season when he set such high standards. He needs a magic moment to rediscover his form. He improved in the second half and was pressing more aggressively.
Pablo Fornals – 4
Probably the quietest of West Ham’s attacking midfield. We didn’t see his intense energy and was reluctant to play forward passes. The Spaniard played far too many safe passes back into his defenders and midfield. His end product was especially poor. Should have done a lot better with a chance in the 73rd minute. He had to hit the target.
Said Benrahma – 5
Probably the pick of West Ham’s attacking midfielders, but it was still a disappointing performance from Benrahama who has been in good form of late. When he did take grab the game by the scruff of the neck he made stuff happen but he didn’t do it anywhere near enough.
Michail Antonio – 8
Pick of West Ham’s attacking players and was instrumental in Soucek’s equaliser in the second half. Antonio needed a big performance after the arrival of Gianluca Scamacca and he certainly delivered. Proved a menace for Spurs’ defenders to deal with at times. The 32-year-old is still a quality option for Moyes to rely upon.
Lucas Paquetá (on for Benrahma, 66′) – 6
Angelo Ogbonna (on for Cresswell, 71′) – 5
Emerson (on for Fornals, 84′) – 5