Many involved with West Ham United will have been left frustrated by the club’s 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace on Saturday, especially having gone 1-0 up.
While the overall team performance was widely regarded as underwhelming by fans, as shown by the response to Mark Noble’s comment after the game, Ryan Fredericks can be satisfied with the shift that he put in.
The 26-year-old was awarded Man of the Match by WhoScored, with a rating of 7.7, with his highlights of the game being a goalline clearance to deny Jeffrey Schlupp and the assist for Sebastien Haller’s opening goal, when he sent in a low ball for the Frenchman to get on the end of, as shown in the highlights video on the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.
Defensively, Fredericks had a challenge with Wilfried Zaha, which was shown when he resorted to pulling the Ivory Coast international down and getting a yellow card, but he was solid on the whole, making a total of three tackles and winning three aerial duels throughout the game.
Fredericks struggled to get ahead of Pablo Zabaleta last season, starting 12 Premier League games and coming off the bench three times, though he has certainly made the position his own this time around, starting every league game so far.
There may be some in claret and blue having their performances questioned but Fredericks shouldn’t fall into that category and can be seen as strengthening his own position within the team.
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