Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare at Turf Moor against Burnley

West Ham missed out on an opportunity to go 7th in the table as their 2018 ended on a disappointing note following a 2-0 loss to Burnley at Turf Moor. This was the Hammers’ first ever Premier League game with David Coote as referee and they put in an uncharacteristically flat performance, with fatigue perhaps affecting several players, as Sean Dyche’s side ran out comfortable winners. Burnley could probably won 5 or 6-0 if it hadn’t been for the Clarets’ profligacy in front of goal and the brilliance of Lukasz Fabianski between the sticks for the Hammers.

While it was a poor performance, Manuel Pellegrini’s men still created history in December, with their fifteen point haul in the month the most any West Ham team have collected in a month in the Premier League.

Apart from Fabianski, Declan Rice were probably the only Hammer that emerged from the game with some kind of credit. Others, such as Lucas Perez, were woeful. The Spaniard, who scored twice against Cardiff, started back to back Premier League games for the first time in his career, but has struggled to impress in both of them, and was hauled off at half time here.

Marko Arnautovic was a surprise starter, but Felipe Anderson and he didn’t quite have the impact on the game that Pellegrini would’ve perhaps hoped for. Anderson rescued the Hammers against Southampton with his brilliant second half brace, but couldn’t produce an encore here.

This game also saw a first ever senior game for highly rated Portuguese youngster Xande Silva, who replaced Arnautovic in the second half.

Mark Lawrenson also got his prediction (2-0) spot on for this game. He even got the scoreline right, just as he had done in the draw against Huddersfield.

Let’s take a look at how various different media outlets rated the Hammers.

Xande Silva565.5

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