This is part of a regular series from our panel of West Ham Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around the London Stadium.
West Ham suffered their first defeat in four Premier League matches on Saturday as Manchester City proved a step too far for David Moyes’ European hopefuls.
Ruben Dias and John Stones scored either side of Michail Antonio’s strike to earn City a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium and continue on their march towards winning the Premier League title.
As for West Ham, they remain fourth in the league but could drop out of the Champions League spots later on Sunday when fifth-placed Chelsea play Manchester United.
However, Moyes’ men cannot be too disheartened by their performance and the result at the Etihad.
West Ham suffered defeat for just the seventh time in the league and all but one of those defeats have come against the Premier League’s so-called big six.
It was by no means a horrible performance by the Irons and we asked our West Ham Super Fans to name their man of the match from the defeat. And, unsurprisingly, there were a few players who were mentioned.
Mark Smith (@ironworks68)
Annette Smith (@Annette46557317)
James Houlden (@JamesHoulden98)
Talkin’ West Ham (@TalkinWestHam)
Andrew Bushell (@Andy_Bushy67)
As you can see, Vladimir Coufal and Pablo Fornals were the two popular picks among our Super Fans while Declan Rice also got a shout.
According to stats by Wyscout, Coufal won nine of his 18 defensive duels, made three interceptions, seven recoveries and one clearance. He also was successful with the one and only dribble he attempted and completed 80 per cent of passes.
It was a tough afternoon for the Czech international, who held his own against some of the Premier League’s best attackers.
As for Fornals, he bossed the game in the middle of the park when the Irons were in possession with Wyscout showing he completed 88 per cent of passes, found a team-mate with both of his two crosses, completed 100 per cent of passes into the penalty area and had three touches inside the box.
It was as good as it gets for Fornals, who’s often gone under the radar at West Ham this season amid a series of impressive performances by his attacking team-mates.
In other West Ham news, Joe Cole has been raving about Irons striker Antonio.