We hand out our stars of the match for West Ham against Manchester City


The match 2 days ago didn’t fare well for West Ham United on the scoreline or in the eyes of the referees but it wasn’t all a loss. We take a look back at the match and hand out our stars of the match.

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If you aren’t a fan of the NHL, National Hockey League, then you might not recognize the stars of the match idea. Plain and simple, the top three performers get recognized for their efforts after the game as the fans send them off. West Ham somewhat does this anyway, just in a different kind of send-off.

Lets put aside the fact that it was against the EPL Champs and it’s just preseason. As mentioned at the top, West Ham didn’t walk away with a victory, but they did have a few players that performances stood out from the rest.

One Star

Roberto. Yes, you might be familiar with our keepers being the man of the match after allowing 3 or more goals but without Roberto in net, it would’ve been about 6 or 7-1. Looking back at the match, out of the 4 that went it, 2 were completely unplayable. In addition to that, there was a time of about 5 minutes where he was needed for a stop after stop.

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Two Stars

Jack Wilshere. Jack is turning it on all cylinders right now and it shows. The box to box midfielder that gets called the “best in England if he is healthy” is showing it so far this preseason and for a man who spent most of last year out, he looks like a man with no fear getting into the dirty spaces and winning the ball.

Three Stars

Felipe Anderson. In football terminology, he would’ve been nominated as my man of the match but going with the theme, he gets all three stars from Wednesday. Felipe looks to be right back in late-season form with the confidence to boot. His attacking presence was on full display against Man City and certainly gave us excitement for what’s to come in year number two at West Ham.

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Even in a tough loss, it was good that we could still see some diamonds in the rough as the Hammers didn’t play all that bad. Next up, Newcastle tomorrow and then back to Europe for matches against Fulham and Hertha Berlin.