Norwich v West Ham: Matchweek 26

Norwich vs West Ham

Noble finished with aplomb to rescue a point for the Hammers [Goal Associated Press]

Noble finished with aplomb to rescue a point for the Hammers [Goal Associated Press]

Final Score: 2-2

Starting XIs:

Norwich – Ruddy, Martin, Klose, Bassong, Brady, Redmond, O’Neil, Howson, Naismith, Hoolahan, Jerome

West Ham – Adrian, Byram, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Song, Obiang, Antonio, E Valencia, Payet

Goal Scorers:

Norwich– Brady, Hoolahan

West Ham– Payet, Noble

Rank In BPL After the Game:

West Ham- 7th

Match Summary:

West Ham visited Norwich this past Saturday, coming off a win against Liverpool in the FA Cup. The first half went by with both teams going at each other with attacking presence. However the deadlock was broken in the 54th minute by Robbie Brady after he robbed Michail Antonio of the ball and curled the ball into the back of the net to give Norwich a 1-0 lead. Wes Hoolahan than doubled this lead with a close range finish in the 65th minute, which meant that West Ham had it all to do if they wanted to salvage anything from the match. Dimitri Payet began this comeback in the 74th minute with a lovely shot inside the 18 yard box to give West Ham a fighting chance at salvaging at least a point. 2 minutes later, Payet set up Marc Noble to score the equalizer with a sublime finish. There were a few chances towards the end, but nobody was able to win the match for their side. The game finished level, with West Ham the much happier of the sides as they were able to scrap their way to a point from a precarious situation.

Marc Noble saved the day for the Hammers [Reuters]

Noble smashed the ball into the corner [Reuters]

Player Ratings:

Starting XI:

Adrian: 4.5

An ok performance from the Spaniard, although he did pull off a couple of good saves.

Byram: 7.0

The young full back put in quite a shift during this match, and shows a lot of promise for the future. Still lacks some qualities that come with a lot of match experience, but he will improve over time.

Collins: 6.0

Solid from the big center back, but also disappointing that they conceded two goals that allowed Norwich to lead the match

Ogbonna: 5.0

Less convincing than midweek during Liverpool, Ogbonna struggled at times, but did not play poorly.

Cresswell: 5.0

Similar to Ogbonna, Cresswell was not as effective as he would like in the final third, but did some solid defensive work.

Noble: 7.5

Scored a sublime leveler for his side and also did some great work in the midfield. Never gave up in the midfield, which is reflected in his rating after a mediocre team performance.

Song: 5.5

Was less instrumental in the midfield than he would like to be, however he did shield his back four well during some attacks from Norwich.

Obiang: 5.5

Similar to Song in that he had a mediocre performance during the match. Did not affect play as much as he would have liked to, but he has put in great performances in the past, so this could be a one-off for the midfielder.

Antonio: 5

Was at fault for the first goal, and will not doubt be angry about that and his poor performance overall. Was not as much of a goal threat as he was in previous matches, which is something he needs to work on.

Payet was instrumental to the comeback of West Ham [Goal Associated Press]

Payet was instrumental to the comeback of West Ham [Goal Associated Press]

Payet: 8.5

The real spark in a lackluster West Ham side, Payet single-handedly rescued a point for his side. Scored the first and set up the second goal and had a big presence in the creativity of the side. Very important if West Ham want to keep their European hopes alive.

E Valencia: 5.5

A poor performance from the usually bright forward. May be suffering from a bit of tiredness as he has played a lot, but the team has come to expect more from him.

Substitutes:

Moses: 7

Provided a bit of spark off the bench for the Hammers but could not help engineer a winner for them.

Emenike: 6

A mediocre debut for the Nigerian, but it will take a while for him to get used to the fast pace of the Barclays Premier League.

Carroll: 6

Not the best impact for the big Englishman, as he did not cause as much of an aerial issue as he would have liked.

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