West Ham 0 Chelsea 3: Player ratings as Frank Lampards stars

West Ham 0 Chelsea 3: Player ratings as Frank Lampard scores twice against his former club at Upton Park

By Joel Durston
West Ham
0
Chelsea
3

West Ham United

Jussi Jaaskelainen Could not be blamed for the mess which led to the first penalty, but perhaps the Jaaskelainen of yesteryear would have got to Oscar a split second quicker. Made a great fingertip save from Eto’o. Could not have done anything about the other goals. 6/10

Guy Demel Awful lapse of judgement for the first goal, trying to thigh the ball back to Jaaskelainen but sold him well short, allowing Oscar to nip in and win the penalty. Atoned a little bit by, somehow, escaping three players from the corner flag and delivering a ball across the six-yard box to Maiga, who just missed. 5

James Collins Was caught out for the second goal, jumping into a challenge against Hazard which allowed the Belgian to slip pass him. 5

James Tomkins Like the rest of the back four, could do little to prevent the advanced Chelsea midfield three running rampant in front of them. 5

Joey O’Brien Put in a couple of decent crosses when he got forward, but, in defence, could not contain the world-class of Chelsea. 5

Mark Noble Did nothing in particular wrong, but, as committed a player as Noble is, he is not in the same league as Lampard, Hazard, Oscar and co. 5

Jack Collison By no means the only player, but overrun by Chelsea’s midfield before being replaced in a tactical change with Cole for Maiga and Diame. 5

Stewart Downing One of the few bright sparks for West Ham, and found a yard on a couple of occasions to deliver crosses which might be deemed dangerous given more recognised strikers. 7

Ravel Morrison Sprayed some decent balls about and had one promising move which began a bit like his brilliant goal at Spurs before being snuffed out – but he might have more joy against lesser opposition where he gets more of the ball and more space to conjure his (occasional) magic. 6

Kevin Nolan Looked isolated and out-of-position as a lone striker in the first half and struggled to adapt when moved back slightly in the side’s tactical change. 5

Joe Cole Struggled to impose himself on the right wing before being taken off with Collison after 39 minutes. 5

Substitutes

Modibo Maiga Improved the team’s shape slightly when he came as a more recognised centre forward, but was not particulary effective. Squandered a good chance from Demel’s cross. 5

Mo Diame Put in some reasonable crosses when he came on, but hardly a game-changer. N/A

Matt Jarvis N/A

Chelsea

Petr Cech Untroubled – West Ham only had one shot on target. 6

Branislav Ivanovic Solid at the back where he dealt well with West Ham’s most impressive player, Downing, and broke well to put in a good cross which led to Lampard’s second, after Hazard’s shot was deflected. 8

Gary Cahill Looked composed defensively and moving forward from the back, albeit against little serious pressure. 7

John Terry Dealt well with the aerial threat and organised the back-line well. 7

Cesar Azpilicueta Dealt well with Morrison when he eluded two challenges. Real Madrid are rumoured to be interested. Maybe a bit flattering, but not too hard to see why. 7

John Obi Mikel Was fairly anonymous, as he often is, but that, in a way, testament to his workmanlike performance in a role which gave the other midfielders licence to roam – something both Jose Mourinho and Lampard credited him with. 7

Frank Lampard Took his penalty confidently, defended strongly in a slightly less advanced role, linked up play well and showed shades of the Lampard of old in looking threatening at the edge of the box, as with his second goal – firing a loose ball into the bottom corner. 8

Ramires Did not have the same trickery as others but was industrious as usual. 7

Oscar (Man of the match) Could not be touched by West Ham’s defence as he drifted around the channels and space between the midfield and back four, displaying clever touches, dangerous crosses and a fine goal – running in and finding the bottom corner from 20 yards. Also growing to do the dirty work – winning the ball high up for a chance for Lampard and anticipating the short backpass to win the penalty. 9

Eden Hazard Like Oscar, floated around the park majestically, connecting with the other two advanced midfielders Oscar and Ramires, like for the second goal, and looking to thread the ball through for Eto’o. 8

Samuel Eto’o Some good touches, some clumsy ones, but he looks like he is growing into the demands of playing in the Premiership on a weekly basis. 6

Substitutes

Demba Ba N/A

Andre Schurrle N/A

Michael Essien N/A

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