West Ham slumped to a second straight defeat in pre-season as they lost 1-0 to Newcastle in the Asia Trophy.
The Hammers started their Asia Trophy campaign with a 4-1 defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City in the sem-final – with Raheem Sterling (2), David Silva and Lucas Nmecha scoring the goals for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Newcastle lost 4-0 to Wolves in their semi-final, setting up this third-placed play-off clash between the two sides.
West Ham struggled to find their feet in the game and Newcastle forward Yoshinori Muto scored the only goal of the match to win the game for Steve Bruce’s side.
Jamie Sterry whipped in an excellent cross from the right and Muto found himself unmarked in the six-yard box to find the bottom corner.
Manuel Pellegrini will be disappointed with the performance of his side, but how well did each individual do? Here are our player ratings…
Lukasz Fabianski: 6
Had no chance with the goal, but had little else to do during the game. Fairly quiet afternoon for the Polish international.
Pablo Zabaleta: 5
Caught out at the back too often and didn’t offer enough going forward. Not the best performance from the Argentine defender.
Angelo Ogbonna: 6
Strong in the air, but was dragged out of position for the goal and should have done better. Fabian Balbuena looks likely to come in for him next season.
Winston Reid: 6
Same as Ogbonna, really. Reid was solid for the majority of the game, but was left out of position as Muto converted from close range to win the game.
Aaron Cresswell: 5
Too many stray passes from left-back. Him and Felipe Anderson didn’t seem to be on the same wavelength, as they were both looking to do different things.
Declan Rice: 8
Made a number of impressive blocks and tackles across the midfield. He was West Ham’s best player. without a doubt.
Josh Cullen: 4
The young midfielder failed to make an impact in the middle of the park. The game seemed to pass him by in midfield.
Andriy Yarmolenko: 5
This rating may be harsh given his injury, but the winger struggled out on the right. He posed little threat to Newcastle’s defence.
Manuel Lanzini: 4
Made no impact on the game at all. Was outmuscled by Newcastle’s midfield and was unable to work his usual magic on the ball.
Felipe Anderson: 5
Anderson was too sloppy on the ball and could not cause Newcastle’s defence any issues. He consistently gave the ball away on the left-hand side.
Javier Hernandez: 4
Offered nothing up front. Although, he was not helped by the three attacking midfielders behind him – who all also struggled.
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