Player Ratings From Resurgent West Ham Second Half

West Ham defender Issa Diop. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)
West Ham defender Issa Diop. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images) /

A tale of two halves flattered West Ham this time around, with individual performances helping and hurting the Hammers in Palace points share.

Never a dull moment as a West Ham supporter, is there? With the points shared after a very different first and second half by David Moyes’ team, a point is a solid return after an unimpressive first half from the Hammers. A wonder goal and a disappointing return to action highlight the player ratings.

Lukasz Fabianski – 7/10: Usually sharp and able to make a save when needed, Fabianski was unable to get a hand or leg on Christian Benteke’s shot that slipped right by him to give the Eagles the lead. It was very uncharacteristic, but it could be the contract talk getting to his head.

Vladimir Coufal – 9.5/10: The best performance of his by a long shot in claret and blue! The Czech fullback fully dominated Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha and earned the meme recognition of ‘what Coufal sees when he empties his pockets’ after the match. He was dominant.

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Issa Diop – 4/10: A very disappointing return to the starting XI for Issa Diop who was very much to blame for the goal against. He looked unsettled in the lineup and also failed to jump on the cross Benteke missed much earlier in the match. It was a rocky return and Dawson is lurking.

Angelo Ogbonna – 8/10: Seemingly doing the work of three centre-backs, Ogbonna met and repelled a ton of balls into the box and was dominant shutting down the balls over the top to Palace’s front line. Another strong performance from our defensive rock.

Aaron Cresswell – 5/10: There really needs to be a hard look at Cresswell and his best position at West Ham, because it isn’t left-back. As a centre-back, he can play off his other defenders but he doesn’t have the pace to get up and down the pitch, and it shows. Not a good showing.

Declan Rice – 8/10: His booming shot from outside the box was inches away from pushing him over the top and sealing the win late in this match, but his play prior to this opportunity was understated and classy, dominating the midfield.

Tomas Soucek – 7/10: He did well to draw out the aggression from Benteke to get him sent off, and he was fine in the midfield, but a few giveaways hurt his rating, as well as a failure to make an impact offensively.

Jarrod Bowen – 6/10: He comes close on so many attempts in every game and needs to figure out how to get them over the line. In this match, he had a touch defensive marker in Patrick Van Aanholt but still showed his speed. Just needs that end product to show up.

Pablo Fornals – 4/10: An invisible performance from Fornals other than his header that missed the net entirely despite it coming from the middle of the box without anyone marking him. I don’t know what he needs to get back on track but some time on the bench is warranted.

Said Benrahma – 7/10: On the flip side, Benrahma didn’t nab a goal or assist but was very present on and off the ball, often tracking back and starting the offensive push forward. Benrahma has a lot of quality but also shows immense hustle and desire to push the team forward.

Sebastien Haller 7/10: The goal of the season for West Ham and possibly the Premier League came off his bicycling boot in heroic fashion! Haller needed this wonder strike for his confidence and hopefully can push on in the absence of Michail Antonio, he just needs more service!

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The substitutes in this match were made to spark the offence and only Manuel Lanzini who replaced Fornals had the opportunity to do so. He started the move that led to Haller’s bicycle kick goal, while Andriy Yarmolenko and Robert Snodgrass had fewer minutes and less impact overall.