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

Two delightful goals from Robert Snodgrass and Felipe Anderson and a well taken poachers’ effort from Javier Hernandez gave West Ham their third straight Premier League win as they beat Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace 3-2 at the London Stadium.

As they had done against Cardiff, the Hammers trailed at the interval, but blew away their opponents in a strong third quarter performance. Interestingly, they have also scored three goals in each of these three wins, triumphing 3-0, 3-1 and 3-2 respectively.

Manuel Pellegrini chose to restore his defence to full strength, with Fabian Balbuena and veteran Pablo Zabaleta both coming back into the XI after sitting out the Cardiff game. Lucas Perez’s impressive game off the bench against the Bluebirds earned him a starting spot in the absence of the injured Marko Arnautovic.

There were obvious vulnerabilities at set piece time (both of Palace’s goals came from set piece routines), but some of West Ham’s play going forward was fantastic, with Felipe Anderson at the heart of it. Be it his no look pass to start Masuaku’s run for the move that ended up in the first goal, or his own beautiful strike midway through the second half, the Brazilian was again key to breaking the Eagles down.

Let’s see how various media outlets rated the West Ham players here.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Mail thought Masuaku was better than Balbuena and Diop on the day. They also rated Javier Hernandez highly, more than Declan Rice. We thought Hernandez was poor otherwise (constantly being caught offside and missing a couple of decent chances), but do agree that his goal was well taken- beautifully timed run and nice finish. If not for the goal, his rating would perhaps be the same as Lucas Perez’s, who had a quiet afternoon before being hooked at half time for Andy Carroll.

Anderson and Rice were West Ham’s best players on the day- check out Rice’s brilliant long pass to Hernandez in the second half, and also his beautiful tackle on Wan-Bissaka before the interval.


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