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

West Ham started the month of March on a winning note as they beat Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle 2-0 at the London Stadium. The victory, the Hammers’ seventh on in the league at home this season, saw them leapfrog Everton in the table.

It was only the fifth time this season that Manuel Pellegrini’s side had kept a clean sheet in the Premier League- the previous four being at home to Chelsea and Arsenal, and away at Newcastle and Fulham.

There were five changes to the squad that had lost to Man City- Aaron Cresswell coming in at left back, Mark Noble, Robert Snodgrass and Manuel Lanzini in midfield and Javier Hernandez taking Andy Carroll’s place upfront.

As it’s been in recent weeks, Pedro Obiang and Marko Arnautovic were both introduced from the bench. Cresswell’s first half injury forced Pellegrini to make a substitution earlier than he would’ve normally liked, and also meant that Manuel Lanzini played the entire 90 minutes in his first start for the club in nearly 10 months.

Let’s take a look at how different media sources rated the Hammers’ efforts for this GW29 clash. We’ve compiled them from five different outlets.

INews was the only one to rate Mark Noble higher than Declan Rice. They also gave Javier Hernandez a 6- he was given a consistent seven by all others on board. Rice was rated a 7 by them- no other outlet rated him below 8. Three of the five outlets gave the pair of Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop the same ratings- Football London thought Ogbonna had the better game, while Sky felt likewise with Diop.

The Independent was the only outlet that gave Robert Snodgrass a rating equal to that of Rice and Lanzini, high praise given the latter two were among the West Ham players named in several pundits’ TOTW for Round 29- check them out here.


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