West Ham 2 – 3 Tottenham: Player Ratings
As I lie, face down, on my recovery bed after losing every single fingernail and every single nerve ending in my body, I realise that I need to rate the players. What can I say, after that debacle of a game? I think “BALE, BALE, BALE” just about fits the bill.
Hugo Lloris – 8 – can’t be blamed for either goal, really. An unbelievable sprint-and-save to prevent Taylor from scoring; that was the true definition of taking one for the team.
Kyle Walker – 7 – an unbelievable block from Jarvis in the first half after great tracking of his run. Didn’t offer very much going forward; but performed his defensive duties solidly enough.
Michael Dawson – 7 – dealt better with Carroll than Caulker did – imperious in the air. Captained the team very well and deserves to be commended for that: Upton Park is a nightmare of a place to go to.
Steven Caulker – 6 – brilliant in the opposition penalty area; the Hammers had to rely on Jussi Jaaskelainen to deny him a goal or two. However, he was slightly subject to the aggressive Carroll in the air.
Jan Vertonghen – 5 – failed miserably in his attempt to play the offside trap; contributed a little going forward but will probably be disappointed with his display.
Mousa Dembele – 7 – hardly gave Diame an inch in the Tottenham half but was arguably slightly fortunate not to see red for numerous nibbly fouls on the West Ham midfield.
Scott Parker – 6 – defended admirably – got the ball for the penalty although you can’t make that kind of reckless challenge in the box. Better going forward, and dealt well with the boos from the West Ham faithful.
Aaron Lennon – 5 – did nothing all game. Squared up O’Brien a couple of times but didn’t really create much.
Lewis Holtby – 6 – a busy display as always, keeping the ball moving, but unfortunately he faded out of the game after half time as he hugged the left wing.
Gareth Bale – 9 – what can you say about this man? Incredible.
Emmanuel Adebayor – 6 – did his target man duties well; holding the ball up, but still seems to have an abhorrence of sticking the ball between the sticks. Needs a goal more than ever.
Tommy Carroll – 7 – got the ball down and moving around. Had 100% pass completion and looks like a great prospect for the future. Got an assist for Bale’s thunderbolt.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 8 – changed the game when he came on, as he found some leeway down the left flank. His goal wasn’t the most spectacular; but to score from 1 yard out, you have to be 1 yard out, and he looked as if his goal threat was returning.
Jake Livermore – 6 – he’s returned to his old role of coming on after 90 minutes whenever we’re winning; he played his part in the smooth, slick keep-ball process that Spurs put into action after Bale did his thing.
Do you agree with my ratings? Have your say below!
By Alex Beck
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