West Ham player ratings vs Chelsea: Lucas Paqueta unfazed on debut as Declan Rice impresses for Hammers

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Lucas Paqueta had a promising full debut for the Hammers  (AP)
Lucas Paqueta had a promising full debut for the Hammers (AP)

West Ham fell to a hugely frustrating 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in dramatic fashion.

The Hammers took a second-half lead through Michail Antonio, before Ben Chilwell and then Kai Havertz struck to turn it around and put the Blues in front.

Maxwel Cornet seemingly equalised for West Ham almost immediately, but it was controversially ruled out by VAR.

Here’s how David Moyes‘ team rated at Stamford Bridge...

Lukasz Fabiański 6

Mix-up with Zouma almost gifted Broja leveller but made amends with huge save. Equaliser poked through his legs.

Vladimir Coufal 6

Made a crucial recovery to deny Christian Pulisic early on.

Thilo Kehrer 6

Another who thwarted Pulisic, this time with a block inside his own six-yard box. Caught under high ball for Chilwell equaliser.

Kurt Zouma 8

Save near-disaster for Broja chance, an absolute rock once again. Has held this Hammers backline together at times early in the season.

Emerson 7

A swift return to Stamford Bridge with Aaron Cresswell out. Known as an attacking full-back but did an astute job defensively here.

Tomas Soucek 6

Tenacious as ever in midfield as Chelsea were forced wide to create best openings.

Declan Rice 8

Very alert showing defensively, denying England teammates Sterling and James in promising positions. A couple of trademark drives to alleviate pressure after the break, too, before setting up Antonio winner at back post.

Declan Rice was one of West Ham’s best players against Chelsea (Getty Images)
Declan Rice was one of West Ham’s best players against Chelsea (Getty Images)

Jarrod Bowen 6

Been a slow start to the season but better here. Tested Mendy with brilliant long-range volley that forced corner from which goal came.

Lucas Paqueta 7

On the receiving end of a couple of early crunchers but unfazed. Not really a game where offensive quality was going to be on show but made several vital contributions in his own box.

Pablo Fornals 6

Closest to a goal in the first-half with a dipping volley but quiet otherwise.

Michail Antonio 6

Struggled to make anything stick against Thiago Silva. Hardly the first striker to ever have that written about him and poked in first League goal of season from close range.


Said Benrahma (Antonio 74’) 6

Terrific feet and cross set up late chance for Cornet.

Angelo Ogbonna (Paqueta 83’)

Maxwel Cornet (Fornals 83’) 6

Hit post with header that would have stolen it, then looked to have equalised before being undone by VAR.

Unused: Areola, Randolph, Coventry, Downes, Lanzini,