West Ham player ratings vs Leeds United: Michail Antonio back to his old self but Issa Diop wobbly

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  • Jarrod Bowen
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West Ham are safely into the fourth round of the FA Cup after victory over Leeds United.

The Hammers made a fast start against a Leeds side who were missing eight first team figures through injury. Jarrod Bowen saw a chance cleared off the line by Luke Ayling before Michail Antonio found the roof of the net.

It was the Jamaica striker who helped force the opener, driving down the left and crossing for Nikola Vlasic, who turned Leo Hjelde before being dragged down by the Leeds defender. The ball pinged around the six yard box before falling for Manuel Lanzini to fire home, the goal surviving a muddled VAR check for offside.

Marcelo Bielsa sent on Raphinha and Stuart Dallas at the break but West Ham continued to create chances and could have put the game to bed far earlier than the 93rd minute when Bowen raced away on the break to double the lead after Meslier had gone up for a corner.

Here is how Jack Rosser rated the Hammers…

Alphonse Areola 6

Almost entirely untroubled as the goalkeeper kept a sixth clean sheet in nine West Ham appearances.

Ryan Fredericks 6

Showed tremendous pace but lacked the technical ability to make it count in dangerous positions.

Craig Dawson 6

Not as confident on the ball as those who are injured but another decent outing.

Issa Diop 6

Wobbly at times at the back and races out too often but a clean sheet is all that matters.

Ben Johnson 6

Worrying on the ball at times but did well enough considering he was not in his natural position.

Declan Rice 7

Tidy in midfield and delivered some dangerous crosses when give the chance to drive forward.

Tomas Soucek 6

Didn’t have his usual hold over midfield but pushed forward where he could.

Jarrod Bowen 7

Plenty of energy down the right flank, forced a goal line clearance and drew a save from Meslier in the second half before the late goal.

Manuel Lanzini 7

In the right place at the right time to fire home his goal. Showed some nice touches in midfield before being replaced on a booking.

Nikola Vlasic 7

Grew into the game as it went on. Showed good strength for the goal and caused problems after the break.

Michail Antonio 8

Looks back to his old self. Had defenders bouncing off him and was proving difficult to deal with when given the space to run at the Leeds defence.

Substitutes

Pablo Fornals n/a

Arthur Masuaku n/a

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