Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against Brighton?

In his prediction for this game, BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson had said that it would be typical of West Ham “to have a stumble just as they start to get back on their feet“. They turned out to be pretty prophetic words, with Brighton claiming a win at the Amex last night thanks to Glen Murray’s first half goal.

Several Hammers were below par against the Seagulls- Arthur Masuaku, who ignored his defensive responsibilities when Murray got into the box for the first goal, was one. It appeared from replays that Issa Diop had clearly pointed to Masuaku to mark Murray, but for reasons best known to the left back, he chose not to, and the unmarked Murray gleefully scored what was to prove to be the winner for Chris Hughton’s side. Questions have always been asked about Masuaku’s defensive capabilities, and this display is only sure to add to those.

Ukrainian Andriy Yarmolenko was also off colour- it was he who was robbed off the ball by Kayal in the buildup to the Murray goal. Another disappointment was substitute Michail Antonio, whose cross into the crowd towards the end of the game probably summed up his evening. Is he a misfit in Pellegrini’s system?

How did the media rate the Hammers? We’ve compiled them from FIVE different sources. Sky gave EVERYONE on the team a 6 bar Declan Rice (7) and Marko Arnautovic (8). Eurosport thought Masuaku played as well as Rice in this game, and on part with the rest of the defenders (all given a 7).

FL- Football.London, ES- EuroSport, Ind-Independent

PlayerFLIndMailSkyES
Fabianski66667
Zabaleta775.567
Balbuena67567
Diop665.567
Masuaku45467
Yarmolenko47566
Obiang465.566
Noble66666
Rice77677
Anderson575.566
Arnautovic565.586
Antonio466
Lucas566
Snodgrass56

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