West Ham player ratings after some ‘unnecessary anxiety’ in the narrow win over Silkeborg in Europa Conference League.

West Ham made it two wins from two in the Conference League group stages with a 3-2 victory in Denmark.

But the Hammers made hard work of it too.

After falling behind, again, to an early goal from the hosts West Ham started to play some decent stuff and equalised through a penalty.

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West Ham were somewhat fortunate to be awarded the spot kick and perhaps more fortunate that Manuel Lanzini put it away after slipping as he went to shoot.

There was nothing fortunate about Gianluca Scamacca’s goal, though. The Italian was fed by Maxwel Cornet and he smashed a rocket home from the edge of the box – much like some of the goals West Ham fans would have seen him score for Sassuolo.

Craig Dawson then made it 3-1 before the break with a trademark header from a corner in his first appearance of the season after injury.

The second half West Ham sat off the hosts and David Moyes made a raft of changes – too many perhaps.

Silkeborg got a goal back and came close to scoring an equaliser on multiple occasions before the final whistle.

BT Sport commentator Peter Drury got it spot on with his two word description of West Ham’s second half performance: ‘unnecessary anxiety’.

He was right. This was a game West Ham should have cruised through from the position they were in. But they were left hanging on in the end and are lucky the referee was very much on their side throughout.

Winning is the name of the game, though, and the Hammers did that… just. Although you wouldn’t have known it from the look on Moyes’ face at the end.

No surprise given Silkeborg ended the game with more possession, more passes and more shots than the Hammers.

Here are our West Ham player ratings after the narrow win over Silkeborg in Europa Conference League.

‘Unnecessary anxiety’ West Ham player ratings after narrow win over Silkeborg in Europa Conference League

Areola 6.5: Made two smart saves but was very lucky the ref adjudged he had been fouled when Silkeborg scored from a corner. It wasn’t a foul.

Coufal 6: Up and down and certainly not his worst performance but got in crossing positions on so many occasions only to stop and check back or give the ball up easily.

Kehrer 5.5: Been a revelation since signing and is so good on the ball but was at fault – along with Declan Rice – for the first goal and was caught out several times being too eager to go and win the ball high up the pitch.

Silkeborg IF vs West Ham United - UEFA Conference League Group B
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Dawson 6: Hard to judge as it is his first game back but he was understandably very rusty defensively. Got what turned out to be the winner, though.

Cresswell 5.5: Much like Coufal he just can’t seem to rediscover his best form but he got an assist.

Emerson 6: Up and down performance. Jury is out whether he can be the long-term answer for West Ham at left-back but does at least look a better bet than Cresswell.

Rice 7.5: Our best player on the night and was very agitated with how the side were playing when he was subbed. There would not have been any panic stations late on had it stayed on the pitch.

Lanzini 6.5: Tidy for the most part but flits in and out of the game too much of late. Got his goal from the spot.

Paqueta 6: Some classy touches but seemed to struggle on the plastic pitch. Moyes must work out a system to get the best out of the Brazilian and fast. Substituted in the second half.

Cornet 7: On the ball Cornet was very disappointing throughout. But he won the penalty and made an interception before laying the ball off to Scamacca for the second. He is a threat and is starting to show it.

Scamacca 7.5: Some excellent forward play, linking, laying off and spraying out wide. His goal was the champagne moment of the match. Tired in the second half and was subbed.


Bowen 6: Flitted around but could not influence the game.

Soucek 6: Was involved in the middle of the park but did not have any major impact and we missed Rice’s mobility.

Benrahma 6: Nothing of note from the Algerian.

Coventry and Fornals: Not on long enough.


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