Well, what a result that was yesterday.
After nearly two months without a win and losing five in a row before yesterday’s game, West Ham needed to dig deep and show what they’re made of in a relegation six-pointer against Swansea.
The Hammers were on top for much of the first half but were unable to make the breakthrough, that is until Cheikhou Kouyate’ 20-yard strike arrowed into the bottom corner shortly before half-time.
Slaven Bilic was a picture of sheer delight and relief at full-time having seen his side finally see out a game with all three points in the bag.
West Ham are now amongst four teams tied on 36 points, eight clear of the relegation zone and you have to feel that the gap may be too big to chase down with so few games left to play.
Here are our player ratings from yesterday’s 1-0 win.
Darren Randolph: 6
Was relatively untroubled, but was nearly caught out when he found himself in no-mans land as a Swansea cross looped over him and into the six-yard box, but thankfully Ginge was there to mop up.
Sam Byram: 8
For me, his best performance for the club. Never stopped running, won near enough every challenge and was always on the overlap putting balls into the box. He just needed the games to develop and now he’s getting them.
Jose Fonte: 7
Again, probably his best performance at the club and dealt with Llorente well in the second half.
James Collins: 8
Won near enough every header and led a back four that was cobbled together. A brilliant showing.
Arthur Masuaku: 7
Like Byram, was always pressing forward offering himself and was resolute at the back. Does need to be more positionally aware defensively.
Mark Noble: 7
Led by example in midfield. Willing to make crunching tackles and carried the ball forward well. His best display in a few months.
Cheikhou Kouyate: 8
A great strike for what proved to be the winner. A tireless midfield runner, Kouyate didn’t allow the Swansea midfield any time on the ball.
Manuel Lanzini: 7
Carried the ball forward brilliantly and was always looking to create for himself or a teammate.
Robert Snodgrass: 5
Worked hard but struggled to make an impact in the final third. Decision making was again very poor.
Andre Ayew: 7
Was always busy off the ball making runs or being involved in the build-up play. Denied by two great saves to get on the score-sheet. Improving every week.
Michail Antonio: 6
Played again as the striker. Held the ball up well and was a willing runner before getting injured. Hopefully, it’s not too bad.
Jonathan Calleri: 6.5
For me, his best performance for the club. Ran his socks off after coming on, made some excellent runs off the ball and his hold-up play was great. End product was lacking but the rest was there.
Sofiane Feghouli: 6
Got himself in some great position but again, his end product and decision making was largely terrible.
Edimilson Fernandes: 6
Didn’t have much time to make an impact but he worked really hard off the ball.