It’s now time to analyze how our Claret & Blue stars performed in deeper detail from Saturday’s pivotal triumph over Swansea City, as the Players did it the hard way to ease pressure on Slaven Bilic.

Joe Hart: 8/10

Saturday’s result meant a fantastic month in Claret & Blue for the shot-stopper as he kept three clean sheets in four Games after suffering without one for 20.

Hart saved well from Swansea’s only shot on target as Wilfred Bony tried his luck with a respectable effort but it could not beat him on another quiet afternoon.

Pablo Zabaleta: 8/10

Yet another strong showing from the former Manchester City man as he challenged for Man of the Match in a Hammers Shirt yet again.

Zabaleta was involved in the move for Diafra Sakho’s late winner and bombed forward with great pace for every attack, also being lauded for his passionate celebrations.

Jose Fonte: 7/10

As Slaven Bilic reverted to a traditional back four as appose to a three or a five, Fonte had a relatively easy afternoon in a more central position.

Although The Swans enjoyed plenty of possession they rarely threatened the Portuguese International and he was solid against Wilfred Bony and Tammy Abraham.

Winston Reid: 8/10

Being lauded by fans for a typically passionate and commanding defensive performance, Reid was many Hammers’ Man of the Match on Saturday.

Despite, like Fonte, having little to do he rose to the occasion when he was needed and is set for a sterner test at Turf Moor in 12 days.

Aaron Cresswell: 7/10

Not a day to remember for a very long time for the England star as he struggled to find the end product to many good moves.

Defensively, Cresswell was sound and had little to deal with, but Arthur Masuaku is surely set to displace him for the visit to Burnley.

Michail Antonio: 6/10

Slotting back into midfield with the change back to a 4-4-2 formation, Antonio tried his best but looked puffed after a gutsy showing.

For the second consecutive week, questions over his fitness were asked after he was forced off early against Spurs and the International Break may come at a perfect time for him.

Mark Noble: 7/10

The midfielder had a considerable role to play in what was a midfield battle and fought with his usual deal of might.

Despite this, Bilic opted for skill over brute when replacing him for Manuel Lanzini after just 62 minutes, but he should get a well-deserved rest over the Break.

Cheikhou Kouyate: 7/10


It was to be a fairly ordinary performance from the Senegal Captain, as he has now returned to full fitness and looks better for ware every week.

Kouyate was directly involved in several positive attacking moves and also broke up a fair number of Swans attacks but will not consider the showing as one of his best by a long shot.

Andre Ayew: 6/10

A poor showing from the attacker against his former Club as he was drafted in for an ill Marko Arnautovic and forced to play on the wing.

Like much of this season, he looked flat and created very little in attacking terms, Arnautovic may just keep him out of the starting Xl all season long.

Andy Carroll: 7/10

An unusual round of boos rang around The London Stadium when Carroll was announced as the Man of the Match, after a performance that wasn’t worthy of such a reaction.

But, many fans may have still been angry from last weekend’s goal-costing mistake against Spurs, but one thing is for sure, he now has a point to prove to fans.

Javier Hernandez: 7/10

Another difficult afternoon for Chicharito in Claret & Blue as he was starved of service from the midfield and had very little impact in the first Game of a new partnership with Carroll.

Hernandez was also substituted prematurely by Slaven Bilic in the 78th minute and will be disappointed with his September return of one goal.

Manuel Lanzini: 7/10

After what seemed like an age out of action, Lanzini finally returned from the bench on 62 and provided fans with a useful cameo.

The Argentina International also played a key role in Sakho’s goal and will be set for his full return at Turf Moor.

Arthur Masuaku: 8/10

The DR Congo star made it two assists in three appearances on Saturday with a superb late run and deliver, he is quickly becoming our “Super Sub”.

Masuaku is also piling heavy pressure on Cresswell and looked brighter going forward, he could well be used as a more attacking Player from this stage onwards.

Diafra Sakho: 9/10

Popping up to net a late winner of unprecedented importance to Slaven Bilic, Sakho’s late cameo proved invaluable as he proved an unlikely hero.

Rewind a few weeks and the Senegalese International looked poised for a move to France but is now back in favor on and off the pitch in East London with three goals in all Competitions so far.

So, with what was wholly a disappointing performance but a superb result for our Hammers this weekend, will The Players conjure up higher numbers after the Break? Or, will they earn poor reviews yet again?



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