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West Ham are passive everywhere we go: Player ratings for dismal defeat vs Brighton
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West Ham are passive everywhere we go: Player ratings for dismal defeat vs Brighton

West Ham are passive everywhere we go as Hammers malaise continues – here’s our player ratings for the dismal defeat vs Brighton.

West Ham slipped to the bottom of the fledgling table as they suffered a third consecutive Premier League defeat in a 2-0 home loss to bogey side Brighton.

The Hammers were poor in a 3-1 win over Viborg in the Europa Conference League in midweek too.

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But the loss to the Seagulls saw West Ham hit a new low in terms of performance levels.

West Ham’s form has fallen off a cliff since last November with the exception of some memorable Europa League nights.

The chant West Ham are massive everywhere we go could soon be replaced.

It is more like West Ham are passive everywhere we go at the moment.

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West Ham are passive everywhere we go: Player ratings for dismal defeat vs Brighton

West Ham have stopped pressing as a team like they used to under Moyes and it has become increasingly noticeable.

No more so than against Brighton who were goading the home crowd with cheers of ole as they passed around West Ham’s half-hearted efforts.

There do not appear to be any patterns of play with West Ham anymore. No combinations, no clear style which made us so successful previously. Moyes has asked for patience while West Ham go through a transitional period and he’s not wrong on this evidence.

Here’s our player ratings for the dismal defeat to Brighton.

Lukasz Fabianski: 7 – Solid as always and could do little about either goal.

Vladimir Coufal: 6 – Gave his all as usual but looks a shadow of the powerful, swashbuckling fullback we saw in his first season.

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Kurt Zouma: 4 – Gave the ball away which led to the Brighton break resulting in the penalty. Had plenty to do but once again you could drive a bus through West Ham’s midfield and defence for the second goal.

Thilo Kehrer: 4 – Tidy in possession but rash tackle to give away a penalty on his debut and like Zouma was nowhere to be seen when the Hammers were laughably exposed for the second goal.

Aaron Cresswell: 4 – A great servant for West Ham. But you can see why Moyes is so desperate to get Emerson signed. Cresswell should not be starting for a Premier League side looking to challenge for the top 10 let alone top six.

Declan Rice: 4 – His worst ever performance for West Ham? Dec looks demoralised at the moment and many fans commented that he looked like he was going through the motions. Simply must step up as the leader if he wants to be a future England captain. He and Soucek continue to fail to offer the kind of protection to the back four which made West Ham so hard to beat previously.

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Tomas Soucek: 4 – Woeful again. So far removed from the player we all fell in love with it is untrue. It is not all Soucek’s fault, Moyes has to take his share of the blame as the Rice-Soucek dynamic has been broken for a while now and it is his job to fix it. Looks like the Scot is trying to do just that by signing Hans Vanaken.

Pablo Fornals: 4 – Great when he came on against Viborg, but offered little starting today. Too inconsistent, like so many others, since the turn of the year.

Said Benrahma: 6 – Probably one of West Ham’s best players on the day but that’s not saying much. Started brightly but faded. Worked hard for the team.

Jarrod Bowen: 5 – Another player who is miles off the standards he set last season. Kept huffing and puffing and was probably our only threat in behind. Will have no chance of England World Cup squad if he does not raise his game sharpish.

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Michail Antonio: 4 – Huffed and puffed and put himself about but didn’t even have a sniff of goal, which was certainly not all his fault. Antonio now has four goals in his last 31 games.


Gianluca Scamacca: 5 – Barely touched the ball. Looked miffed to be told to put his bib back on before eventually being brought on after Moyes’ magic 60-minute mark.

Maxwel Cornet: 5 – Hardly touched the ball.

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Manuel Lanzini: 5 – Looked to get on the ball and helped build the play a bit better but all too little too late.

Ben Johnson – 5 – On for Coufal, Brighton got beyond him several times before the final whistle, offered little going forward.

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