Let’s analyse player performance from yesterday’s Vicarage Road disappointment, as David Moyes’ Hammers side remained in the bottom three heading into a very tough run of fixtures indeed.
Joe Hart: 6/10
Fresh off the back of a clean sheet and positive performance for England against Brazil, the shot-stopper would continue his dismal club form with again with yet another afternoon to forget.
Hart always looked as though he would be beaten when Marco Silva’s men came forward and was twice, but the second, a relatively tame Richarlison effort, he would have been disappointed to let in.
Pablo Zabaleta: 6/10
Returning from suspension for the accumulation of yellow cards, the right-back had an uncharacteristically quite afternoon in Hertfordshire, largely ineffective in both defence and attack.
However, the Argentine did contribute to one of our clearest attacking chances, teeing up Marko Arnautovic to be denied twice by Heurelho Gomes from a wide position, but will hope for much better in Friday’s visit of Leicester City.
Winston Reid: 5/10
Starting in a newly-operated defensive four, the Kiwi had one of his worst performances in Claret & Blue as part of an undesirable defensive showing from Moyes’ boys.
Reid gifted the ball to Will Hughes to set up Richarlison for the hosts’ second just after the break, however, having only landed on Friday from an International Break 20,000 mile round trip, he has a clear excuse.
Angelo Ogbonna: 5/10
It was to be yet one more disappointing performance from the former Italian International as the injury to Jose Fonte gives him some Premier League starting time.
Ogbonna was slow to react to a number of attacks from the home side and found it tough to mark the likes of Andre Gray, despite performing better than his centre-back partner, he will be hoping for an easier ride on FNF.
Aaron Cresswell: 5/10
Having been omitted from Gareth Southgate’s England Squad for the first time in months, the full-back showed no sign that his poor run of form was not letting up with another under-par display.
While Cresswell’s crossing wasn’t his worst, he was rarely able to get far enough forwards to threaten The Hornets’ centre-halves with dangerous balls into the area and also put in a fairly average defensive display, under the watchful eye of Stuart Pearce.
Cheikhou Kouyate: 5/10
Featuring as part of midfield three of defensive midfielders for the first time this campaign, the Senegal Captain, who had just guided his Nation to their second World Cup, endured a nightmare evening.
Also, being asked to play in the unfamiliar No10 role, Kouyate will be most remembered in the game for his two glorious missed chances, the first coming from a one-on-one after being played through by Mark Noble and the second an Arnautovic pull-back, many Hammers are hoping that he soon returns to a more defensive role.
Mark Noble: 6/10
Enjoying a first-team rebirth under new Management, The Skipper put in a typically gritty and brutish showing, holding up play well in midfield as one of the better performers in Claret & Blue.
Despite this, Noble looked a little off the pace of the affair at times and gave the ball away needlessly more than once, although he wasn’t the only one, but his showings certainly do need to improve in order to win the fans back over.
Pedro Obiang: 5/10
Much like his Senegalese teammate, the Spaniard was scrutinised by fans for one of his worst showings in Claret & Blue, what was an exhibition in giving up possession in all areas of the pitch, whether it be when passing or controlling the ball.
The midfielder was also having to deal with being played in a slightly unconventional wider role within the midfield three, but there is no doubt that he is soon turning into a shadow of the player he once was during his earlier days in East London.
Marko Arnautovic: 7/10
An unfortunate evening for the Austrian in many different ways as he put in what was arguably his best PL showing in a West Ham United Shirt without troubling the scorers.
Arnautovic was certainly unlucky not to do so, however, forcing two miraculous saves from Gomes to deny him from a header and then a close-range effort that he should have buried, but his outing ended in disappointment after being forced off late on with a suspected broken thumb.
Andy Carroll: 4/10
If there was one thing that could have been said about the former England striker’s performance, it was that it certainly wasn’t dull, but it certainly wasn’t one to remember either.
While fans chanted in relation to comments he made about them leaving early during the Liverpool defeat, Carroll appeared to be more interested in trying to get himself sent off than anything else, elbowing Marvin Zeegelaar in the face within seconds of kick-off, very lucky not to receive his second dismissal of the season.
Manuel Lanzini: 6/10
A relatively tame and disappointing for many showing from the Argentina International, who was being used rather out of position on the left side of an attacking three.
Lanzini received little service and was isolated out wide, despite this, he did manage to launch our best effort on target of the game and would have had two goals in two to show for it if it wasn’t for a heroic goal-line block from Christian Kabasele, he will be looking to be more effective later in the week.
Diafra Sakho: 5/10
After tasting the same Qualification glory as his National Team Skipper, Sakho entered the game as a 65th-minute substitute for Carroll but was unable to have the desired effect.
The striker did work hard in the attacking quarter of the pitch; however, his supply was cut off by a stern Watford defence and a lazy Hammers midfield that had given up any chance of forging a comeback.
Arthur Masuaku: 6/10
Replacing the injured Arnautovic a short while later, the left-back was a bright spark being used in his preferred position wide on the left side, teeing up Lanzini for his late low volley.
Masuaku was also able to run at the tiring Hornets defence and get into some dangerous positions, but often with little support and nothing to aim at in the middle, he will hope that he has impressed the new Boss.
So, now that each featuring Squad member has been rated from our Matchday Twelve defeat in Hertfordshire, can the Claret & Blue stars rack up higher numbers later in the week? When Moyes tastes his first London Stadium action in a vital home clash with Leicester City.