West Ham player ratings vs Newcastle as Antonio, Benrahma and Rice impress


Lukasz Fabianski – No chance with Newcastle’s goals and was solid throughout. 6

Vladimir Coufal – Did not get close enough to Matt Ritchie who supplied the cross for Newcastle’s second, otherwise a solid performance. 6

Craig Dawson – A poor game from the centre-back who applied no pressure to either Callum Wilson or Jacob Murphy for Newcastle’s two first-half goals. 5

Angelo Ogbonna – Calm on the ball but part of a backline that looked susceptible every time Newcastle attacked. 6

Aaron Cresswell – Credited with West Ham’s goal in the first-half after getting forward well in his usual threatening manner. Part of a fragile defensive perforamance, 6

Declan Rice – The defensive midfielder was turned inside out by Allan Saint-Maximim but recovered well and grew into the game. Was instrumental in Said Benrahma’s goal- winning the ball back after applying fantastic pressure to the Newcastle midfield. 8

Tomas Soucek – Quickest to react to Michail Antonio’s missed penalty to open his account for the season. Tidy on the ball and held his position well. 6

Pablo Fornals – Good on the ball but did not find enough space to receive it as often as needed to be dangerous. Improved as the match went on. 6



Michail Antonio of West Ham United celebrates after scoring their side’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on August 15, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jarrod Bowen – Thought he had got his name on the scoresheet only for his touch deemed to be after the ball had crossed the line. Two key passes in the build-up to both Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio’s goals. 6

Said Benrahma – Well timed run into the box from the far post to head home just his second West Ham Premier League goal. A first-half with poor end product was turned into an excellent second half with a goal and an assist to his name. 7

Michail Antonio – A goal and assist for the striker along with a missed penalty all in the second half after a quiet first period. A great finish for his goal after a lovely Benrahma pass. 7



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Substitutes

Ryan Fredericks on 87

Andriy Yarmolenko on 90 – n/a

Ben Johnson on 90 – n/a





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