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West Ham made it into the top four in the Premier League when a Declan Rice penalty, Issa Diop’s header and a late Ryan Fredericks goal secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Sheffield United.
It was far from the most eventful game of the season, but it certainly got off to an eventful start. Within ten minutes, the Irons thought they had a penalty, only for the VAR to step in and knock Enda Stevens off the hook thanks to a marginal offside early in the play.
But there was no denying his second bite at the cherry, as Chris Basham eliminated the impressive Jesse Lingard, allowing Rice to score from the point.
David Moyes’s team took control from there, but David McGoldrick nearly tied, with his header cleared by Lukasz Fabianski to its fullest extent.
The victory was assured when Issa Diop headed Aaron Cresswell’s corner past Aaron Ramsdale, and the insult added to the injury when substitute Ryan Fredericks appeared with a third right on death.
Here are the ratings of your players!
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – 6/10 – Hairy moment at the beginning after misjudging the flight of a simple pass from Craig Dawson. He made up for it with a brilliant reaction save to deny McGoldrick the draw.
Issa Diop (CB) – 7/10 – Simple header for the second goal. He had a fight on his hands against Sharp, but he won the battle and contributed to a great victory.
Craig Dawson (CB) – 7/10 – Strong and dominant performance in the middle of the bottom three, even if he almost scored an early OG at the gates. He won almost every header and found the mark on nearly every pass.
Aaron Cresswell (CB) – 6/10 – Great delivery for the second goal and constant in his defensive work. He really suits Moyes’ back three and knows how to balance defense and attack.
Vladimir Coufal (RWB) – 6/10 – He was presented with a great opportunity after dispossessing Basham late, but couldn’t decide what to do with him and eventually hit Ramsdale’s legs. You can’t judge on that though – make a switch as usual and delivered capable performance.
Declan Rice (CM) – 7/10 – Another constant performance. He barely put one foot wrong and safely hit his penalty after snatching the ball from Lingard.
Tomas Soucek (CM) – 6/10 – He broke the play well and contributed creatively, although he gave the ball away several times.
Ben Johnson (LWB) – 6/10 – It went up and down the left flank and looked very comfortable for a 21-year-old who played on his weaker foot.
Jesse Lingard (FW) – 8/10 – He looked incredibly stylish considering he had barely played before joining West Ham. Involved in almost everything in the future as his pace and dribbling caused him real problems. He won the penalty and wanted to take it, but his complaints were stopped when Rice shoved him into the bottom corner.
Jarrod Bowen (FW) – 5/10 – It didn’t suit him to be the most central of West Ham’s three forwards.
Manuel Lanzini (DE) – 6/10 – He showed some quality every time he entered the game, which was not that often.
Mark Noble (Lanzini 63) – 6/10
Said Benrahma (Lingard 81) – 6/10
Ryan Fredericks (Johnson 90) – N / A
Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 6/10 – Able to block shots, but seemed a bit suspicious as he dominated his area, perhaps not a goalkeeper playing with confidence. He kept the score low with a great save at the feet of Coufal.
Chris Basham (CB) – 4/10 – He shot the clearest penalty you’ll see this season when he annihilated Lingard in the area. Bonus points for having the nerve to protest, but they are canceled because his howler lets Coufal in.
John Egan (CB) – 5/10 – Positionally erratic and discovered by Lingard’s rhythm at times. Needed a stretcher to get out after a late game save challenge on Lingard.
Ethan Ampadu (CB) – 6/10 – The Chelsea loan looked promising, but obviously he needs to work on communicating with his teammates.
Jayden Bogle (RWB) – 6/10 – Well on the defensive, advancing ineffectively. Only Billy Sharp got fewer touches from outfield starters.
John Lundstram (CM) – 5/10 – Not bad, just a bit passive and ineffective from a player who looks so far from the levels he delivered last season.
Oliver Norwood (CM) – 5/10 – Barely in the game before he was retired by Oli McBurnie.
Ben Osborn (CM) – 10/7 – The most animated midfield of Sheffield United three that was invaded at times. Combative performance and constantly seeking to advance his team.
Enda Stevens (LWB) – 6/10 – An animated presence from the left, he did his best to put things in the box and asked questions with his deliveries on a couple of occasions.
Billy Sharp (CF) – 6/10 – In reality, he hardly saw the ball, but it seemed like an occasional threat, almost setting McGoldrick up for a draw that would have changed the course of the game.
David McGoldrick (CF) – 6/10 – He turned down a couple of good chances, but he connected quite well with midfield and held together the few promising attacks his team mustered.
Oli McBurnie (Norwood 63) – 6/10
Phil Jagielka (Egan 77) – N / A