Let’s take an in-depth look at player performance after Sunday’s FA Cup Third Round draw at the New Meadow against Paul Hurst’s League One Shrewsbury Town, as the Shrews forced an unlikely Cup Replay to savour back at the London Stadium.
Joe Hart: 8/10
Making his first start since before Christmas against the club where his jewel-encrusted career began, the England keeper kept his first Irons clean sheet in all Competitions since the back end of September.
A huge contributor towards this was two high-quality saves that Hart was forced into just before half-time, the first to deny Mat Sadler and the second to keep out Alex Rodman, he has proved a point somewhat to some of his vocal critics.
Reece Burke: 8/10
Returning for one match from his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers to feature, uncharacteristically, to the right of the defence, the young defender would put in a solid display and was praised by fans and pundits alike.
Burke was strong in the air, comfortable on the ball and didn’t let much pass him on the ground at any point in the affair, his fate now rests in the hands of David Moyes over whether or not he will return to Lancashire.
Winston Reid: 7/10
Looking to continue on from an impressive showing in the Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur, the New Zealand Captain looked a little off the pace of the game and weary at times.
This may have something to do with the fact that Reid had played 90 minutes on both Tuesday and Thursday, but his stretched hamstrings gave way in the latter stages in Shropshire as he worryingly went off and the extent of the injury is yet unclear.
Angelo Ogbonna: 7/10
Playing as the middle part of the two centre-backs, much like one of his two partners Reid, the former Juventus man appeared heavily fatigued, for the most part, enduring the same amount of game time as him recently.
However, Ogbonna was able to win his fair share of headers in his own half, pick out some good passes and make some promising tackles, he will now get some much-needed rest-bite ahead of next weekend.
Declan Rice: 8/10
As the third centre-half on the left side, the same position from the Wembley trip, the young Irish sensation would achieve the same results, being named MTJAC’s Man of the Match for the second game in succession.
Rice outshone the rest of the back line with an admirable display of heading, intercepting, clearing and a series of mazy runs up into the attacking areas that caught the opposition out on occasion, he certainly deserves to retain his starting place from now onwards.
Arthur Masuaku: 6/10
Much like many other of his Senior comrades in the team, the DR Congo International was lack-lustre, far from on the top of his game and a little quiet in his customary left-wing-back role.
Masuaku’s trademark displays of dribbling and raw pace were a rare commodity in the tie and at times, Rice looked more of a threat down the left than he did, the paceman will be hoping that this is a rare blip in his recent run of unplayable form.
Cheikhou Kouyate: 5/10
On the right of a midfield three once again, the Senegal Skipper looked leggy and like he had run out of fuel at a very early stage, although, once more, his recent amount of Football can be blamed.
Aside from this, however, Kouyate was sloppy in possession, giving the ball away in key areas on more than one occasion, slow to track back and weak in his tackle, a major improvement is needed in the coming weeks.
Pedro Obiang: 6/10
Dead in the centre of the park and fresh from his wonder goal at Wembley Stadium four days ago, the Spanish midfielder was far superior to the man to the right of him, but still suffered with the same problems.
Obiang did look better on the ball and surer of himself in possession, but was a little sluggish to win tackles and without an eye for making important passes in the final third, he will also hope to enjoy some resting up in the next few days.
Josh Cullen: 8/10
Given the tall order of acting as a left-sided midfielder and with exactly the same proposition as his Macron Stadium teammate Burke, the young charge was a revelation making his first West Ham United appearance of the campaign and contending for Man of the Match.
But, what most people will remember of Cullen’s contribution is his bravery. When kicked in the face by Abu Ogogo, he lost two of his front teeth, however, was determined to carry on and finish the match, his short-term future remains foggy though.
Andre Ayew: 6/10
One of two forwards playing together up-front, the Ghana International looked to be struggling with a knock for large parts of his showing, also being involved in a nasty clash of heads with Sadler at one stage.
Going forward though, Ayew looked a player who is currently way off the boil, posing little threat, other than two tame headers, to goal and unable to get into good enough positions or hold the ball up well, a day to forget for him.
Javier Hernandez: 6/10
Acting as Ayew’s partner and making his second start in three days, Mexico’s all-time leading goal-scorer continue to be without a strike in Hammers colours since late October on the afternoon he really needed one or two.
Chicharito seemed rather disinterested, chasing loose-ends to no avail all afternoon and never giving the Town defence anything major to worry about, one would feel that he is in need of a sizable confidence boost at the moment and it needs to arrive sooner rather than later.
Antonio Martinez: 7/10
Replacing Hernandez on 71 minutes to make his long and eagerly awaited debut after scoring for fun in pre-season and for the Development Squad, the young Spanish forward didn’t entirely get the chance to showcase his full ability.
But, what Martinez did put on display was hard-work, determination and a never give up nature, something that the two other strikers distinctly lacked, looking a real danger, many are hoping that he is now kept in and around the first-team set-up.
Domingos Quina: 6/10
Taking the pace of the injured Reid with less than five minutes remaining to make his FA Cup debut, the Portugal U19 and U20 star looked bright and sharp on the counter-attack.
Quina would only see a few precious touches of the ball, though it’s clear to see that as time progresses, his opportunities are getting more and more frequent, with him shining through at all levels.
So, now that each and every featuring Squad member has been well and truly rated from a below-par team display at the New Meadow, can the Claret & blue stars rack up higher numbers come Saturday evening? After a tricky Top-Flight clash with David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town away from home.