How West Ham’s players rated in their 3-0 defeat against Southampton
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How West Ham's players rated in their 3-0 defeat against Southampton

West Ham have suffered a dreadful start and the new stadium hasn’t provided good fortune. They have now lost five of their first six matches. The pressure is building on Slaven Bilic, here are our player ratings for the side that played against Southampton:

Adrian – 6

There was little that Adrian could do to prevent any of the goals, even if his attempt for the second wasn’t great. He made a key save to prevent Dusan Tadic early in the second half and looked solid throughout.

Nordtveit – 4

The Norwegian isn’t a natural right back and that showed on Sunday afternoon. He looked uncomfortable and was targeted by the away side. The first goal came down his side and he struggled to deal with Ryan Bertrand for the entire game.

Reid – 4

He has been one of the most consistent Premier League centre backs for the past few seasons, but he didn’t give his best performance on Sunday. The movement of the Saints attackers caused him a lot of problems and the communication was lacking in the home side’s back four, which is Reid’s responsibility. For the second goal, he hesitated with the ball and was partly to blame for losing possession.

Ogbonna – 6

The West Ham back four wasn’t great and work is required on their organisation. Angelo Ogbonna played okay and showed his ability with a number of blocks and interceptions. However, the Southampton attack was too strong and he couldn’t prevent another loss for his side.

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Arbeloa – 5

It was his Premier League debut for West Ham, but it wasn’t one to remember as he was beaten frequently by Cedric. The system that Southampton played allowed their full backs to push forward and West Ham couldn’t deal with them in the wide areas.

Noble – 6

He gave a solid display as usual and was clever in his distribution. The West Ham captain finished the match with an 87% pass accuracy. However, he isn’t the type of player that is going to unlock defences and that showed on Sunday. He picked up a silly booking too, which will disappoint Slaven Bilic.

Kouyate – 4

The powerful midfielder was to blame for the second goal as he hesitated on the ball and gave possession away in a dangerous area. He worked hard with possession and tried to push his side up the pitch, but he couldn’t influence the game in the attacking half as he usually does.

Antonio – 7

He was the best player on show for West Ham, working hard and trying to make things happen in the final third. The winger created a few promising situations for his side, but the lack of confidence prevented his team-mates from making the most of them. Once again, he showed his aerial ability as he won four aerial duels.

Lanzini – 5

The Argentine was lively and got on the ball in dangerous areas, but his decision making was poor in the first half. He was often trying to do too much and Slaven Bilic decided to take him off at half-time, allowing Dimitri Payet to move into the centre. Although Lanzini wasn’t great, it was perhaps unfair to take him off at the break as he was trying to make things happen.

Payet – 4

This may seem harsh, but Dimitri Payet is a key player for West Ham and he didn’t look at the races on Sunday. He wasted several good chances and his set-pieces were poor throughout. The Frenchman seems like he is suffering from a post-Euro 2016 hangover, but needs to sort that out soon as his side needs him.

Zaza – 3

The Italian comes into the Premier League with a relatively big reputation and he is yet to show his ability for West Ham. He tried hard and did a lot of running, but his contributions on the ball were not great. He wasted a good chance in the second half and picked up a booking for simulation. Andy Carroll should walk back into the team when he returns.

Feghouli – 5

After coming on, Feghouli tried to break down Southampton and deserves credit for taking responsibility in the final third, but nothing came off for him. He hasn’t been given many chances since joining and it was clear he hasn’t adjusted to the physicality of the league.

Fletcher – 5

He was full of running and offered a bigger threat than Simone Zaza, but he isn’t good enough to be a regular in the Premier League yet. A loan move to a Championship club would help him a lot.

Fernandes – N/A

It was his Premier League debut, but he didn’t get much time to show what he could do and couldn’t influence the match in any way.



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