West Ham Show Bravery In City Defeat: Player Ratings.

Declan Rice, West Ham. (Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Declan Rice, West Ham. (Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /
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West Ham may have lost to Manchester City, but the players had a solid showing against the probable champions. The majority of the team looked comfortable against the world-class talent of City.

Goals from John Stones and Ruben Dias on either side of a strike from Michail Antonio was enough for Manchester CIty to keep their unbeaten run going. The Hammers, however, should not feel downbeat after their performance.

Here is how the team rated:


Darren Randolph: 5/10

Called into the team to cover for an injured Lukasz Fabianski and didn’t do much wrong. Randolph potentially could have done better with Ruben Dias’ goal as he got a hand to it. The second goal came through a host of bodies and would have been seen late by the Irishman.

Considering Randolph was nursing what looked like a tight hamstring for most of the second half, he did his best. The goalkeeper did make the saves expected from him, not sure Fabianski would have done much better in the match.

Vladimir Coufal, West Ham.
Vladimir Coufal, West Ham. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images) /

Ben Johnson ’83: 4/10

Probably the youngster’s worse competitive game for the club. Johnson was at fault for the two goals by not getting close enough to the player who set up the chances. The Englishman did have some good moments in the game, but his inexperience showed.

Aaron Cresswell: 5/10

Cresswell did have an average game but did not help Johnson out enough. The defender is one of the team’s most experienced players and should have helped the full-back out a lot more considering his age.

Despite losing, West Ham’s players put in a good performance against a Manchester City side in top form.

Craig Dawson: 7/10

Dawson put in what is becoming a regular top-quality performance. The defender made plenty of interceptions and blocks. Dawson was vital to helping keep the Citizens at bay for periods of the match.

Issa Diop: 6/10

The French defender looked shaky at times and was almost punished for a terrible attempted challenge on Kevin De Bruyne. Diop did make some good defensive contributions but not his best since returning to the team. The defender also missed a late opportunity to equalise in the final seconds.

Vladimir Coufal: 8/10

Shutting down Harry Kane, Jack Grealish, and now Sergio Aguero, is there anything Coufal can not do? The Czech defender put in a great shift against City. The 28-year-old did not stop for the whole game and was one of Hammers’ best players.