'Best game in a West Ham shirt': Some Hammers fans hail one player's display v Rapid
A number of West Ham United fans have praised Ben Johnson for his display in Thursday night’s Europa League win over Rapid Vienna.
The 21-year-old was making just his third senior appearance of the season as the Hammers hosted the Austrian outfit at the London Stadium.
West Ham were superb in their first European home game since 2016 as Declan Rice and Said Benrahma got the goals.
Rice opened the scoring in the 29th minute, finishing off Michail Antonio’s squared ball for his second European goal in two games.
West Ham had plenty of chances to put the game beyond the reach of Rapid, but they had to wait until second-half injury time to make the result safe.
Jarrod Bowen set up Benrahma, who brought the ball back onto his right foot and curled a low shot into the bottom corner.
And Johnson did really well, pushing forward well to try to support Andriy Yarmolenko, and doing his bit in defence when the opposition came forward.
There was one tense moment when he initially gave a penalty away after Marco Grull went to ground, but a VAR review rightly disallowed it.
According to Whoscored, the Hammers academy graduate made one key pass, three tackles, one interception and one clearance.
He also played 16 long balls, of which six were accurate, and his overall rating was an impressive 7.28.
Here is what some West Ham fans made of his display:
no like it genuinely has to be Ben Johnson idc— liv ⚒ (@whufcliv) September 30, 2021
I’ll take the win and the 3 points! We looked very good today ! European nights under the lights , I could used to this 😍😍 #whufc #coyi i thought it was between Johnson and Rice for MOTM, both played immense today ! #happyhammer #hammers— Niz ॐ ⚒⚒⚒ (@n1ren_u) September 30, 2021
@ExWHUemployee having watched Johnson against United and now tonight I really think he is another player that has improved massively do you agree?— chris whufc⚒ 🇮🇱🏴💙 (@chrissm36645365) September 30, 2021
Ben Johnson has been quite impressive today #WHUFC— Corbin Dallas ⚫️⚪️ ⚒ (@ChiefCorbin) September 30, 2021
Thought Johnson was class today as well— BowenSZN (@LukaWHU) September 30, 2021
ben johnson what a player 🤩⚒️— Brookyn⚒️ (@BrookynWHU) September 30, 2021
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