There weren’t many positive points to take from West Ham United’s loss against Everton from a Hammers point of view.
They had fewer shots, tackles, aerial duels won and corners than the home team, while also recording less possession and a lower percentage of successful passes, as per WhoScored.
There was also a distinct lack of creativity from the men in claret and blue, as characterised by the fact that Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and Felipe Anderson didn’t make a single key pass between them.
Darren Bent has given the opinion that Roberto’s performance is one promising sign that can be taken from the game, while speaking to Football Insider: “The first goal I couldn’t quite work out how it went in as it was so tight and he kind of toed it past him.
“To be fair to Roberto, he made one unbelievably world-class save from Davies during the game and I think he played really, really well.
“I think that first goal, he should have kept out, but it’s a tough one as when you’re trying to replace [Lukasz] Fabianski who has been brilliant since he went to West Ham, it’s tough.
“But he did show signs yesterday that he can make that spectacular save, while he should have kept the first goal out, I think his overall play was good enough and the score could have been worse if it wasn’t for him making those saves.”
Roberto was West Ham’s highest-rated player for the game on WhoScored, being given 7.9, having made nine saves during the game.
While he could have done better for Bernard’s goal, it is difficult to put much blame on the Spaniard’s shoulders when it is considered how much he did to help the team.
It seems as though the Hammers now have much more pressing issues to deal with than the performances in goal.
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