Player ratings as Tomas Soucek sees somehow red
An incredible decision by Mike Dean made headlines in Fulham’s 0-0 draw against West Ham, as Tomas Soucek was late sent off for violent conduct.
The Czech midfielder grabbed Aleksandar Mitrovic with an elbow as the duo scrambled for position before a free kick, sending the Serbian striker to the ground while holding his face. But much to everyone’s amazement on the pitch and watching at home, VAR advised referee Dean to go see the monitor and assess whether Soucek was guilty of a serious criminal act or not.
Incredibly, Dean saw fit to fire Soucek – even though it seemed quite clear that he was raising his arms to reset his position and simply shake Mitrovic. Even the Serb was amazed, fighting the corner of Soucek before being forced to leave the field.
In terms of action for the rest of the game, very little happened as West Ham wasted the opportunity to come fourth in the Premier League. In a drenched rain at Craven Cottage they never really found any momentum and Alphonse Areola was largely serene in the home team’s goal.
Fulham wasn’t much better, but will be delighted with a display that has seen them on the front foot for decent periods. There was a particularly impressive performance from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, whose performance was perhaps the only one of the night worthy of a goal.
Here are the ratings of the players on both sides.
Alphonse Areola (GK) – 6/10 – Had very little to do in goal, making only one stop overnight. Good communication everywhere.
Kenny Tete (RB) – 7/10 – Decent watch on the right side of the defense, negating any threat Said Benrahma may bring.
Joachim Andersen (CB) – 6/10 – Composed and calm for the most part, although he got a needed reservation late.
Tosin Adarabioyo (CB) – 7/10 – Took up the challenge of fighting Michail Antonio well, putting him largely out of the game.
Antonee Robinson (LB) – 6/10 – Progressed well in attack and was rarely troubled by an out of color Jarrod Bowen.
Harrison Reid (CM) – 7/10 – Well recycled possession in midfield, ending the game with a 91% success rate.
Mario Lemina (CM) – 6/10 – Busy in midfield without ever really showing the class of a player who played for Juventus. Has a good range of passing and vision, but has a tendency to go out defensively.
Bobby De Cordova-Reid (RM) – 7/10 – He did advance well with the ball on occasion, but may think he could have troubled Fabianski early in the second half.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (AM) – 8/10 – A confident performance from the loaned Chelsea player, showing his power and pace to cross the lines and get into the scoring position.
Ademola Lookman (LM) – 6/10 – Has had a number of efforts to achieve his goal, but may feel that he has wasted the opportunities offered to him.
Ivan Cavaleiro – (ST) – 6/10 – Full of energy and racing, but again lacking a calm, clinical side. Not bad considering that he does not play in his favorite role.
Josh Maja – 6/10
Aleksandar Mitrovic – 6/10
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa – N / A
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – 6/10 – Made some smart backups under difficult conditions. The busier of the two keepers.
Vladimir Coufal (RB) – 7/10 – Stepped forward with his usual energy and enthusiasm. Clattered the bar with a good head, but spent most of his time clearing up in the back.
Craig Dawson (CB) – 6/10 – A good block in the first half kept things at the same level, remained composed throughout.
Angelo Ogbonna (CB) – 6/10 – Rarely goes wrong, but was not at his best.
Aaron Cresswell (LB) – 6/10 – Waste of set pieces at times, although his excellent first center-half really should have been converted by Bowen.
Declan Rice (CM) – 7/10 – Full of racing in tough nighttime weather, also putting in a sensational cross for Coufal’s crossbar header.
Tomas Soucek (CM) – 6/10 – Sent inexplicably in downtime, so hopefully this will be canceled. Wasn’t as influential as usual, due to West Ham’s inability to keep the ball.
Jarrod Bowen (RM) – 5/10 – A very calm spectacle for Bowen and one that could put his place in jeopardy next time. Missed a good chance and got hooked before the hour.
Jesse Lingard (AM) – 6/10 – Maintaining the quick start he made against Aston Villa was always going to be difficult, but showed some insight into his high-level position awareness and his reading of the game.
Said Benrahma (LM) – 6/10 – Not a good performance from Benrahma who, like Bowen, struggled to get involved in the game. Also addicted before the hour.
Michail Antonio (ST) – 5/10 – Very calm upstairs, perhaps pointing out that Antonio is still far from being in great shape. The heavy turf will have done little for his troublesome hamstrings.
Mark Noble – 6/10 – Attempted to help West Ham hold possession better, although his lack of offensive intent left the Irons with a short option going forward.
Andriy Yarmolenko – 6/10 – Started on the right before moving to the center. Largely ineffective but was not wrong.
Ryan Fredericks – N / A –