Sunday, 12 December 2010

West Ham player ratings

Hart A very low-key afternoon out. Made two or three comfortable saves and could not do much about the late consolation goal we conceded. 6

Boateng Possibly his best game yet for City. Defensively secure - looked more attuned to the pace of the Premier League than he had done so far - and was effective going forward, always showing for the ball and putting in some fairly good crosses. 7

Kolo Touré Not a difficult game but he played well, making his tackles and using the ball smartly. Captain for the day, and maybe for some time to come. 7

Kompany Dominant against an admittedly limited threat. Made twelve successful tackles, which is a lot. Never looked troubled. 7

Zabaleta Moved out to left-back in the absence of Kolarov. Had a difficult start up against Barrera, and his fellow Pablo beat him three or four times early on. But he recovered and improved as the game went on. 7

de Jong Domineering in central midfield, he was increasingly influential as the game went on. It was his tackle and through ball to Yaya that created our second goal - his progressive passing is an improvement on last year. 8

Silva Excellent, again. Drifting in off the right into the middle, he left our play fairly lopsided but was free to dictate play from between the lines. Completed 76 passes (from 88), including the through-ball to Adam Johnson for our third goal. We're so lucky to have him. 8

Yaya Touré Clearly settling into the rhythms of English football, his bouncing barrel runs through the middle of the pitch are unique within the Premier League. He scored our first goal, and made the second - firing the ball in via Rob Green's back and his near post. I am increasingly impressed by him. 8

Barry Low key, but still effective. Kept things moving in midfield, making 65 passes, and it was his patient square ball to Yaya that created the first goal. Made a few useful interventions, he's bigger than he looks and not afraid to put his body on the line. 7

Deployed as he was at Craven Cottage, in the left channel, supporting Mario Balotelli and adding a bit more height to the forward line. Neat enough without ever quite influencing the game. Moved up front when Balotelli went off, and hit a shot at the far post into the top tier. 5

Balotelli Trusted to lead the line, but he was poor. Missed one good chance in the first half but didn't contribute much else (his work off the ball can be a bit Robinho). Got into one of his moods in the second half, and Mancini did well to withdraw him before he got sent off. 4


Johnson Had half an hour on the left wing, and while he didn't influence play too much he took his goal very well: run between two defenders and past Rob Green. 6

Milner Too late n/a

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