Fulham vs West Ham: Player ratings as Hammers seize win on the road
Two first-half goals from West Ham put the match to bed as Fulham struggled to finish chances during a frustrating night at Craven Cottage.
Managing 16 shots, with only four on target, Fulham had their fair share of chances in the Hammers' half – but too often shots came from range or were inaccurately placed. André Schurrle in particular was a culprit of a hit-and-hope mentality that is not yielding results.
Aboubakar Kamara produced some good movement, but could not position himself to finish clear chances, while Aleksandar Mitrovic could not finish a very good header opportunity.
Meanwhile, West Ham were clinical. Felipe Anderson was a huge bright spark on the left wing, creating two goals although only one will count as an assist. Robert Snodgrass curled in a beauty of a strike from outside the box, while Michail Antonio nutmegged poor Sergio Rico after he received the ball in the box with, seemingly, years to hit it. The win takes them to 24 Premier League points, on par with Everton and Watford.
For Fulham fans, many of whom were heading for the exit with ten minutes left to go, it was a frustrating showing as the bright sparks and moments were let down by basic and sloppy errors in crucial moments.
Here is how the sides rated on the night.
Sergio Rico 5/10
First shot was a pearl, fine. However, Rico was simply nutmegged for the second one. Rushed out pretty erratically at times.
Denis Odoi 5/10
Moved to central defence following the introduction of Christie. A good thing too, as Anderson had the complete run of him and two goals had come from that flank. Some loose passes, including an under pressure backpass to Rico which definitely was a corner. Overall, much improved at central defence, making good interceptions.
Alfie Mawson 6/10
His positioning for the second goal was suspect, in between two men. He needs to pick one and win the ball. Otherwise ok.
Tim Ream 4/10
Sprints across to challenge Hernandez for the header in the second goal, and loses the flick. Substituted at half-time for Christie.
Joe Bryan 5/10
Is absent for the second goal because he tracks Snodgrass on an infield run. Far from the worst offender in Fulham's defence.
Calum Chambers 6/10
Won the ball back a lot and offered the centre backs some protection, but when he rushes onto balls in attacking phases a loss of the ball isn't far away.
Jean Michael Seri 3/10
At fault for the first goal. Seemed to lapse in concentration from the start, running over the ball to gift it to a West Ham player, and a total passenger in defence. Anderson's pass for the first goal should have been cut out but he just watches it run by.
Frequently lost possession when distributing the ball, which is main role in this side.
Aboubakar Kamara 5/10
Hit a golden chance directly into Fabianksi early on. Was denied with a basic header near post minutes later. He created chances with good attacking runs but he also needs to finish them – his body positioning was awkward for both.
Tom Cairney 4/10
The only composed distributor. Let off a lot of shots from range but was frequently blocked.
Looked very frustrated with the options ahead of him and the work rate behind him, but he has to take some responsibility do. He does little without the ball.
André Schurrle 3/10
Needs to looking for speculative long shots which kill the attacking play. It is such a readable and low success ratio play. He also simply refused to fill in defensively for Bryan for the second goal, and, surprise, Antonio scores unmarked at the back post.
Aleksandar Mitrovic 6/10
Put a lovely through ball on a plate for Kamara. Definitely should have put his header on the 25 minute mark on target, but overall very good as a focal point for attack in the first half. Deserves wide players that offer him something to bounce off.
He seemed to lose his hunger in the second-half however, making fewer attacking runs and losing the ball frequently. He looked tired and angry and at that point, Fulham needed a sub.
Cyrus Christie 5/10
On at half-time for Tim Ream. Managed to keep Felipe Anderson under wraps more than Odoi did. A little lacking in composure with the ball.
Stefan Johansen 5/10
Held the ball well and knocked the ball around the midfield, but definitely did not provide the bite Fulham's midfield needed. Puzzling substitution.
Neeskens Kebano 6/10
On at 77 minutes and went for a few promising dribbles. Nothing match-changing.
West Ham United
Lukasz Fabianski 8/10
Some excellent close range saves, albeit from some poor shots, but he fully deserves his clean sheet.
Pablo Zabaleta 7/10
Entirely nullified André Schurrle, a battle in which both seemed devoid of much pace or ingenuity. Crossed well, but lost the ball too much.
Fabian Balbuena 8/10
Cut out danger when it came and marshalled the area well. Intercepted, tackled and cleared brilliantly and continues to build on his growing reputation after a shaky start to the season.
Issa Diop 7/10
Strong in the tackle and in the air. Nearly slid it into his own goal but did well to recover before the ball was cleared.
Arthur Masuaku 7/10
Dealt well with Aboubakar Kamara and Cyrus Christie. Crossed poorly.
Robert Snodgrass 8/10
Great hit for the first goal. Created space for the second by leading Joey Bryan on a long and winding path. Looks to have found some consistency and drew some fouls in dangerous areas.
Mark Noble 6/10
Offered little, but recycled the ball round the park capably with some nice medium range passes. Intercepted a bit, though. Off at 62 minutes with an apparent injury.
Declan Rice 6/10
Defended very well and showed his passing abilities as well as his tackling skills. Shielded the defenders well, but nothing too remarkable.
Felipe Anderson 9/10
A brilliant influence on the left flank. Constantly creative and beguiling, he caused all kinds of problems for Denis Odoi, who simply couldn't cope with him. Cyrus Christie kept him a bit more quiet, but the damage was already done. Technically only one assist, but he delivered both in truth.
Javier Hernandez 6/10
A nice flick on to Antonio for the goal, not sure if it was intentional though. Busy, but didn't trouble the defensive line too greatly, which should concern him. Subbed at 72 minutes.
Michail Antonio 8/10
Took the chance for his goal well, with a nutmeg. Put himself about with a few shoves here and there.
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Pedro Obiang 6/10
Hit some suspect long passes but recovered the ball well and didn't allow Fulham attacks to come to fruition.
Andy Carroll 5/10
On for about 20 minutes but really didn't do much with it. Came deep to get the ball and start attacks.
Grady Diangana 5/10
Didn't have much time to impose himself on the match.
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