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West Ham United 1-0 Sunderland: Player Ratings

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Here’s how the lads played

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Costel Pantilimon – 6

Came out for most crosses and generally commanded his box well. Made a good save to deny Alex Song in the first half. He couldn’t do anything about Sakho’s goal.

Patrick Van Aanholt – 7

Left exposed a few times down the left but he did a good job in dealing with any threats down his side. Also got forward when he had the opportunity to.

Anthony Reveillere - 6

Dealt with the wing threats well especially when up against the speedier Cresswell. In an area of strength for the Hammers Sunderland defended well from crosses.

John O’Shea – 6

Marshalled the backline well, especially when losing his centre back partner early on. He headed away most crosses, and took better command in defence.

Wes Brown – 5

Not much to report on Brown, he limped off after 10 minutes after Sakho appeared to step on his foot.

Jack Rodwell – 6

Decent game from Rodwell. He didn’t do anything wrong but didn’t really do much going forward

Jordi Gomez – 6

A sharper performance from Gomez in terms of battling a bit more in the midfield, although he needs to quicken up his passing if he’s going to unlock a defence.

Seb Larrson – 6

Good solid performance from Larsson. Played in the centre of the midfield three and tracked back well all night. Got fouled in the build up to West Hams goal.

Steven Fletcher – 5

Looked to be used primarily to win flick ons in the first half and held the ball up well in the second but he never really had a goal scoring opportunity.

Connor Wickham - 6

Wickham found a lot of space behind Defoe and Fletcher but his final product lacked that bit a quality.

Jermain Defoe – 5

Not the best day in front of goal for Defoe. He spurned a great chance in the first half after latching onto Fletchers’ flick on and overall didn’t look particularly sharp.

Santiago Vergini – 6 (sub)

Came on for Brown after 10 minutes and did well in the middle alongside O’Shea. Overall it was a more assured game for Vergini.

Adam Johnson– 5 (sub)

Looked fresh but didn’t create anything going forward.

Danny Graham– 5 (sub)

No time to really make an impact.

Man Of The Match: Patrick Van Aanholt

Nobody really stood out as a clear man of the match, however after recent struggles down the left wing, Van Aanholt had a much better day. He defended well and got forward as much as he could. Also had a good shot saved by Adrian.