Premier League
West Ham United 1 Brentford 2

Sunday, 3rd October 2021
by Chris Wilkerson

West Ham crashed to their second defeat of the season, once again robbed by a painful late goal as Brentford came away from the London Stadium with a 2-1 win.



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Player Ratings

Lukasz Fabianski
Unfortunate on the first goal, although open to debate whether he was good enough on the initial shot, but the second deserves some criticism. Parries it right back into the middle of the area. Should be under pressure.


Vladimir Coufal
Some real threat, but also some passing from the back in the first half that just seemed aimless, going long for the sake of going long. On the plus side, showed more energy going forward than he has so far this season.


Aaron Cresswell
Managed his flank well, put in dangerous deliveries and passed out from the back better than any of his fellow defenders.


Kurt Zouma
Lacked composure throughout. The centre backs were poor, both rash in challenges and made crucial errors.


Angelo Ogbonna
Toney and Mbeumo had the beating of the centre back pair. Moreover, the last minute foul was not a necessary one and then the defence was disorganised for the free kick.


Declan Rice
With Soucek off the pace and Brentford playing with an extra man in the middle, the midfield was poor in the first half. There were times in the second half too where Brentford walked through it with ease. Rice dominated the second half, whilst he made one excellent tackle high up the field in the first half that led to a chance. Let down a little by the energy of the players ahead of him late on, which the manager must take some blame for.


Tomas Soucek
Slow and awkward in the first half, he?EUR(TM)s lucky his manager has faith in him to perform as he could have been dragged off at half time. Patience was rewarded with a much better second half.


Jarrod Bowen
The attacking quarter floundered a little in this one, aside from Bowen who kept going and was excellent in possession. Got the equaliser after missing easier chances but the goal itself was excellently taken.


Said Benrahma
Involved in a lot of good things but also should have done better with his efforts from outside the box. Faded late on and should have been replaced.


Pablo Fornals
He and Benrahma were the two with an eye for a pass in a first half where the side were poor in possession. Fornals linked the midfield well and brought the team forward, but his impact was much lesser by the end of the game. Another who should have been withdrawn late on.


Michail Antonio
Had a big chance to win it and absolutely missed the header. Didn?EUR(TM)t really threaten enough and wasted two good openings early with poor footwork.



Substitutes

Alphonse Areola
Did not play.


Ben Johnson
Did not play.


Arthur Masuaku
Did not play.


Craig Dawson
Did not play.


Issa Diop
Did not play.


Alex Kral
Did not play.


Manuel Lanzini
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Lukasz Fabianski, Vladimir Coufal, Aaron Cresswell, Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals, Michail Antonio.

Goals: Jarrod Bowen 80                  .

Booked: Kurt Zouma  Declan Rice         .

Sent off: None.

Brentford: Raya, Jansson, Zanka, Pinnock, Canos, Norgaard, Baptiste (Jensen 26), Onyeka (Bidstrup 81), Henry, Toney, Mbeumo (Wissa 81).

Subs not used: Fernandez, Goode, Forss, Ghoddos, Roerslev.

Goals: Mbuemo (21), Wissa (90+4).

Booked: Norgaard, Canos, Zanka.

Sent off: None.

Referee: .

Attendance: 0.

Man of the Match: Aaron Cresswell.