West Ham player ratings vs Leicester: Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma put on a show for returning fans

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West Ham made it two wins from two to start the season as they beat 10 man Leicester with a rip-roaring display.

Roared on by their returning fans in a raucous atmosphere, West Ham didn’t take too long to settle. Said Benrahma, playing in front of a full London Stadium for the first time, and Declan Rice both had efforts from the edge of the box as the hosts looked the sharper of the two sides.

They were certainly more alive when Rice pounced on a loose touch from Jamie Vardy to spark the move for the opener.

The England international, even better for his seismic summer with the Three Lions, was quicker than anyone to take the ball and feed Fornals. The Spaniard, keen to add goals to his game, quickly found Benrahma who, running purely on instinct, whipped a first time cross back into the path of Fornals to steer the ball into the far corner. David Moyes could not have asked for a better move to articulate his new West Ham to the returning masses.

West Ham’s night improved further on the brink of half time when Ayoze Perez was shown a red card on review after a studs up challenge on Fornals, who was able to play on.

The hosts began the second half hunting ferociously and it didn’t take long to see rewards. Caglar Soyuncu failed to control a long punt up field from Craig Dawson and moved to play backwards but fed the ball straight into the path of Michail Antonio. The West Ham striker stood up Kasper Schmeichel, waited before picking out Benrahma who rolled home his second in as many games this season.

Leicester got a scrappy goal back through Youri Tielemans to add some intrigue to the final 20 minutes.

The hosts responded in some fashion, putting Leicester under incessant pressure before they finally cracked. Rice broke free down the left and crossed low for Antonio who spun Soyuncu and fired home to become West Ham’s all time top goalscorer in the Premier League. Antonio stands alone atop that list now so it was only fitting he celebrated with a cardboard cutout of himself brought to the sideline by Darren Randolph.

He added a second with five minutes to go to make it eight goals in two games for the Hammers this season.

Lukasz Fabianski 6

Largely untested throughout and could do little about Tielemans’s goal after a scrap in the box.

Vladimir Coufal 8

Mr. Reliable for Moyes. Another fine and tireless showing from the Czech full-back who gave Harvey Barnes very little.

Angelo Ogbonna 7

Leading from the heart of defence as always, Ogbonna ensured Jamie Vardy had a quiet night.

Craig Dawson 7

Another no nonsense display from the centre back who could have scored when he sent a header wide from a first half corner and a Rice cross in the second half.

Aaron Cresswell 7

Always impressive and offered a lot down the left, Cresswell could have had two goals in two when sending a volley whistling over the bar.

Declan Rice 8

Sharper than anyone on the pitch to get West Ham going for the opening goal and ran the midfield.

Tomas Soucek 7

A constant disruptor for Leicester’s midfielders and always looked to get his team moving forward quickly in possession.

Jarrod Bowen 7

Unrelenting in his work rate down the right hand side giving Luke Thomas a tough night.

Said Benrahma 8

Another very lively showing that was better than anything we saw from the Algerian last season. A fine first time cross for the goal and a calm finish for his second of the season.

Pablo Fornals 9

Often goes unrewarded for his work rate but kept the Hammers ticking over wonderfully and claimed a much deserved goal.

Michail Antonio 9

Led the line with energy and menace before capping his night with a wonderful goal and a celebration that will live long in the memory.

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