Player ratings as David Moyes hammers dominate
West Ham advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in five seasons after beating Doncaster 4-0 at the London Stadium.
The hosts were big favorites heading into the game, due to their impressive recent Premier League form, and they immediately showed their class as Pablo Fornals superbly led Ryan Fredericks in the corner with less than two minutes on the clock.
The Hammers kept the pressure on for the rest of the first half and were rewarded with a second goal before the half hour mark when Andriy Yarmolenko’s superb dink capitalized on a nice assist from Said Benrahma.
A third followed early in the second half as Andy Butter turned Mark Noble’s corner into his own net, before Oladapo Afolayan showed his predatory instinct to capture a rebound from close range.
In truth, it could have been more as the home side dominated throughout, but Moyes should be delighted with his team’s overall performance. Here’s how the home players rated.
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – 6/10 – A very calm afternoon for the Polish goalkeeper, who spent more time wondering how he was going to keep warm. Ended up doing so by being substituted, allowing Nathan Trott to make his team debut.
Ryan Fredericks (RB) – 8/10 – Always a threat in the future, putting a number of dangerous crosses in Doncaster’s box. Accurate delivery of the Fornals lens showed what he is capable of.
Fabian Balbuena (CB) – 7/10 – Dominating in the air and composed with the ball at his feet, it was business as usual for the man called “the general”.
Issa Diop (CB) – 6/10 – Quite solid after returning to the left side of central defense. Cradled the short sleeves and the gloves look good.
Ben Johnson (LB) – 6/10 – Apparently he prefers the right side, but still did well. Needs to develop weaker foot in order to vary his attacking arsenal.
Mark Noble (CM) – 7/10 – At his best when he walks relatively unnoticed. That was the case here, diving deep to recycle possession and generally keeping it simple.
Tomas Soucek (CM) – 8/10 – His selection allowed Declan Rice to rest for the first time this season. It was his confident self, controlling things in midfield and watching a real threat in the air.
Manuel Lanzini (AM) – 7/10 – He didn’t need to be at his best in truth and, well, he wasn’t. Still, a brighter performance than what we’ve grown used to seeing from Lanzini lately.
Pablo Fornals (RF) – 7/10 – Roll the ball with a superbly controlled left-footed finish, banishing the many memories he has accumulated from twisting the ball wide or shooting at it.
Andriy Yarmolenko (ST) – 8/10 – Showed great poise for the West Ham second with a nice dinked finish. Played out of position for the most part but more than able to defend against a team playing in League One and more importantly worked really hard.
Said Benrahma (LF) – 7/10 – It could really do with a goal to ignite his career at West Ham, but he looked menacing throughout – from his dribbling and also his eye for a pass.
Oladapo Afolayan (ST) – 7/10 – A squad debut he will cherish forever, scoring a true poachers goal after a smart Balcombe save in the Doncaster goal.
Nathan Trott (GK) – 5/10 – A nice touch from Moyes to bring in the young keeper for his first team arc. I had no backup to do.
Jamal Baptiste (RB) – 5/10 – Not enough time to influence the game but another newbie.
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