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

West Ham continued their good run of form with a 2-0 win away at Craven Cottage against Fulham on Saturday evening. The victory, the Hammers’ fourth in a row, took them to 9th spot in the league, just two adrift of sixth place Manchester United.

Robert Snodgrass, having scored his first league goal for the club last weekend against Palace, curled in a beauty on 14 minutes to put the visitors ahead after a three pass sequence had effectively torn Fulham apart, while Michail Antonio took advantage of some non existent marking to double their advantage in the 29th minute.

Pellegrini made only one change to the side that had beaten Palace, with Antonio coming into the XI to partner Javier Hernandez after Lucas Perez’s foot injury had ruled the Spaniard out. Xande got his maiden appearance in the match day squad, but was an unused sub as Pellegrini chose to use the same players off the bench as he had done against Palace- Pedro Obiang, Andy Carroll and Grady Diangana.

West Ham starting lineup v Fulham 2018

This wasn’t an all dominant West Ham victory- in fact the type of game they would’ve lost in past times. They had to barely get out of second gear, with Fulham running out of ideas in the final third of the pitch despite having plenty of the ball. The Cottagers had some good chances in the first half, but were very poor going forward after the interval. One of those games where you’ll see plenty of 7’s and the occasional 6/8 in the ratings for the winning side, but don’t reckon there’s any player who will make it to the Premier League’s Team of the Week.

Let’s take a look at how various media outlets rated the Hammers’ performance on Saturday evening. Snodgrass rightfully gets plenty of plaudits- Fabianski, Anderson and Rice were again quite good, and even Antonio had an evening to remember.


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