Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford vs West Ham United - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - November 19, 2017 West Ham United's Mark Noble applauds fans after the match Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Whilst West Ham were beaten soundly by Watford yesterday afternoon, our man on the ground at Vicarage Road, Christopher Brown, took the time to analyse the performance and give his ratings from the game. 

Let him know in the comments if you agree, if so what are your ratings?

West Ham (4-3-3)

Joe Hart 6 
Made one great save amongst the more routine, should have done better with the second goal.

Pablo Zabaleta 5 
Battled well but struggled against Richarlison’s pace and trickery.

Winston Reid 5 
Big error when inexplicably heading a clearance straight to Hughes for the second goal.

Angelo Ogbonna 5
Found it tough going at times against the physicality of Gray.

Aaron Cresswell 4
A testing game, afforded Femenia all the space he wanted all afternoon.

Cheikhou Kouyate 4
Squandered two guilt-edged chances and couldn’t get to grips with the midfield battle.

Pedro Obiang 4
Very sloppy passing from deep often under little pressure and couldn’t handle Hughes movement.

Mark Noble 5
Never stopped going but lacked the physical attributes to impose himself on the game.

Manuel Lanzini 5
Tried to provide the creative spark but forgot to track Femenia contributing to the space down the left.

Andy Carroll 4
Ineffective performance by the big striker, subbed and booked.

Marko Arnautovic 5 
Probably the best attacking threat, created one big chance but went off with a nasty looking injury.


Diafra Sakho – very little impact.

Arthur Masuaku – looked lively and very comfortable in possession, a rare positive.

(Subs unused Adrian, Rice, Quina, Fernandes & Martinez)

Watford (3-5-2) 

Heurelho Gomes 8 
Kept his side in the game with some fantastic saves from Arnautovic and Kouyate.

Marvin Zeegellaar 7
Impressive full debut, good cross led to opening goal and linked with Richarlison well.

Adrian Mariappa 6 
Easy afternoons worked, rarely troubled by Carroll’s physical approach.

Miguel Britos 6 
One poor challenge on Kouyate that received a booking but that aside rarely tested.

Christian Kabasele 6
Assured display, growing into a key player for Silva’s side.

Kiko Femenia 7
Afforded the freedom of Vicarage Road but used it well, plenty of neat exchanges with Hughes.

Tom Cleverley 6
No thrills or spills performance, used the ball well and helped control things.

Abdoulaye Doucoure 7
Dynamic display of power and aggression in midfield, the Hammers midfielders couldn’t match.

Will Hughes 8
Best Premier League performance, elusive all afternoon, creative and took his goal smartly.

Richarlison 8
A thorn in the West Ham defence all game, sharpness personified and a well taken goal.

Andre Gray 7 
Led the line well, showing plenty of power and physical presence for a diminutive striker.


Roberto Pereyra – little time to impress, only some simple passes.

Jose Holebas – on for the injured Femenia, no time left in the game.

Andre Carrillo – N/A

(Subs unused Prodl, Capoue, Karnezis & Okaka)

The managers:

David Moyes 5 – tough start and it’s obvious what a big job he has on his hands already, no real upturn in performance but wasn’t helped by wasted chances.

Marco Silva 7 – set his team up well despite the speculation around his job, who looked everything Moyes’ side weren’t. More aggressive, organised and far more incisive on the ball. Clear why he’s a man in demand.


By Chris Brown – from the away end. 



By Gonzo

West Ham fan for as long as I can remember. I was flukey enough to watch The Irons beat Bury 10-0 in my first ever game . . . True to form, West Ham then went out and signed their central defender 😬

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