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West Ham United: Antonio, Soucek and Dawson struggle against Everton

West Ham United: Antonio, Soucek and Dawson struggle against Everton -West Ham News

West Ham United briefly moved back up to fifth after securing a 2-1 win over 10-man Everton on Sunday.

Aaron Cresswell gave the Irons the lead with a stunning free-kick in the 32nd minute, sending a relegation-threatened Toffees side into half-time trailing 1-0.

The visitors hauled themselves back into the game as Mason Holgate scored the equaliser eight minutes after the restart, sparking life back into Frank Lampard’s Everton side. However, upon his return from injury, Jarrod Bowen responded immediately, netting West Ham’s winner just five minutes later.

The away side were reduced to 10 men when Michael Keane received his second yellow card of the game after pulling Michail Antonio down. This dealt Everton a huge blow and ensured that David Moyes’ side were able to come away with the three points.

West Ham briefly moved back up to fifth place in the Premier League table before Tottenham came from behind to dominate Newcastle 5-1 later in the day, sending the Hammers back down to sixth.

However, despite the three points, a number of West Ham’s players struggled throughout the match against Everton.

Here at The Transfer Tavern, we delve into the three worst-rated starting outfielders for the Irons as per statistical specialists SofaScore, with players required to feature for at least 45 minutes for ranking. This trio lost possession 36 times and collectively made just three tackles, failing to produce a single interception.

Craig Dawson – 6.7

Playing the full 90 minutes, Dawson failed to make a single interception at the back and won just one tackle, not the most convincing returns for a centre-back.

The 31-year-old topped this performance off by losing the ball on 10 occasions.

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Tomas Soucek – 6.7

Soucek struggled to hold the fort in midfield against the Toffees. As a defensive midfielder, he made just two tackles, further highlighted by being dribbled past on one occasion. More concerningly, he failed to make a single interception, disappointing for a player in the middle of the park who is there to break up play.

However, he wasn’t much better when he did have the ball at his feet, as he lost possession 13 times.

Michail Antonio – 6.6

An issue for Moyes with Antonio being his only senior striker, the Jamaica international struggled in front of goal.

He had just one shot on target all day, with another failing to test Jordan Pickford. The 32-year-old could have finished Everton off sooner with two big chances, but they both went to waste.

Antonio lost the ball on 13 occasions and struggled to add to the team defensively, having failed to make a single tackle or interception.

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