West Ham player ratings vs Brighton: Ben Johnson stinker, Lucas Paqueta anonymous, Declan Rice outshone

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West Ham were taken apart by a superb Brighton side, who ran out 4-0 winners in Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash on the south coast.

Here’s how David Moyes‘ side rated at the Amex...

Alphonse Areola - 5

Beaten four times but not really at fault for any of them. Made a sensational save to tip Julio Enciso’s shot onto the bar.

Ben Johnson - 3

Had a stinker. Misjudged flight of ball in build-up to penalty. Made crucial far-post clearance to deny Mitoma second, but asleep at back-post as Joel Veltman doubled the lead.

Nayef Aguerd - 5

Aerially solid at the back and made a couple of good blocks but powerless to hold things together.

Angelo Ogbonna - 5

Had no answer to Brighton’s movement as West Ham were carved open time and again. Hurt making a low block and replaced.

Emerson - 4

Tried to provide thrust on the counter from left-back but torn apart by the excellent Solly March.

Tomas Soucek - 5

Early pressing almost forced chance for Ings and then saw decent chance blocked by Jason Steele. Booked for a late tackle on Moises Caicedo.

Declan Rice - 5

Visibily frustrated and lost head when going in late on Alexis Mac Allister. Outshone by Caicedo.

Lucas Paqueta - 4

Loose in possession and minimal early influence evaporated as game wore on.

Jarrod Bowen - 5

Tested Steele with good hit after racing onto loose pass but otherwise unable to fulfil usual role in leading the counter-attack.

Danny Ings - 4

Hardly had a kick and nothing like a sniff of an opening. A spectator.

Said Benrahma - 4

One of his frustrating afternoons and taken off at half-time. But fans were still furious and sung his name throughout second half.


Pablo Fornals (Benrahma 46’) - 5

Sent on to provide energy but little impact.

Kurt Zouma (Ogbonna 68’) - 5

Return from injury the one positive for West Ham.

Manuel Lanzini (Paqueta 75’) - N/A

Flynn Downes (Soucek 75’) - N/A

Unused: Hegyi, Anang, Cresswell, Scamacca