West Ham passed up the opportunity to leap-frog Manchester City into second place on the Premier League table following a 1-0 loss at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Raul Jimenez scored the only goal of the game as West Ham simply didn’t manage to find the back of the net despite throwing the kitchen sink towards the end of the game.
David Moyes made a bevy of changes early in the second half, but they failed to inspire a performance from his side as they now find themselves in third place and a point ahead of Liverpool.
That said, let’s take a look at how each player fared on the day.
Jose Sa – 5/10The Wolves custodian had precious little to do with little attacking threat from the West Ham forwards.
Max Kilman – 6/10Kilman impressed quite a bit alongside his captain Conor Coady and Romain Saiss. He was instrumental in keeping the likes of Michail Antonio at bay.
Conor Coady – 7/10The Wolves skipper marshaled his side extremely well while managing to play out from the back and link up with the midfield well.
Romain Saiss – 5.5/10The Wolves center-half had a few issues in the opening half-hour. However, he got his confidence back and began to impose himself on the game.
Nelson Semedo – 6.5/10The Portugal international impressed quite a bit with his attacking threat on the right-wing. He came close to scoring a couple of times, only for his shot to be deflected wide.
Ruben Neves – 7/10Despite being the recipient of a yellow card in the second half, Neves put in an impressive display in central midfield alongside Portuguese compatriot Joao Moutinho.
Joao Moutinho – 7.5/10The 35-year-old was perhaps the most impressive midfielder of the day and was instrumental in linking up with Daniel Podence and Raul Jimenez in attack. He played an important role in the goal being scored.
Rayan Ait-Nouri – 5/10The Frenchman impressed, but his attacking prowess was called into question – especially his crossing abilities.
Daniel Podence – 5.5/10The Portuguese forward was the only change made by Bruno Lage from the previous game. However, he made his return to the team with a strong performance on the right of the front three.
Hwang Hee-chan – 8/10The best Wolves player on the day. Hwang was the catalyst that brought together the entire Wolves outfit and was an attacking threat during the entire game.
Raul Jimenez – 8/10The Mexican international scored the only goal of the game. However, he had little to do following the scoring of the goal despite the presence of Adama Traore.
Adama Traore – Had one clear chance on goal but failed to score.
Leander Dendoncker – N/A
Lukasz Fabianski – 6/10The former Polish international made a few important saves despite letting in the only goal of the game.
Ben Johnson – 6/10Among the better West Ham players on the day, Johnson posed a consistent attacking threat down the right flank.K
urt Zouma – 5/10Despite being solid at center-back, Zouma’s distribution and ability to play from the back were wanting. Moreover, he seemed uncomfortable partnering with Craig Dawson in central defense.
Craig Dawson – 6.5/10Impressed quite a bit despite not having kept a clean sheet. He will be expected to play a role in upcoming matches in the absence of Angelo Ogbonna.
Aaron Cresswell – 6/10The left-back had a decent outing despite not imposing himself enough on proceedings.
Tomas Soucek – 4/10The big Czech Republic international had an odd bad game despite playing the entire 90 minutes. Perhaps it was the tediousness of the international break.
Declan Rice – 7/10The West Ham skipper was the best player on the pitch for his side by a country mile. However, despite his best efforts, the Hammers couldn’t manage a draw.
Jarrod Bowen – 5.5/10The former Hull City forward came close to scoring on two occasions before being withdrawn for Andriy Yarmolenko.
Said Benrahma – 5/10Benhrahma began the game well and impressed for most of the first half. However, he simply failed to provide chances for Pablo Fornals or Michal Antonio. He was withdrawn early in the second half for Nikola Vlasic.
Pablo Fornals -4/10A rare bad game for the Spanish international as he was the first player to be substituted in the second half.
Michail Antonio – 5/10The 100,000 pounds spent to fly Michail Antonio from international duty proved a waste with the Jamaican international not managing to find the net despite his best efforts.
Manuel Lanzini – 6.5/10Introduced early in the second half, Lanzini brought about an instant change in proceedings. However, his best efforts couldn’t help his side draw level in the second half.
Andriy Yarmolenko – N/A
Nikola Vlasic – N/A