West Ham United were fortunate to leave the AMEX Stadium with a point on Saturday despite taking the lead, drawing 1-1 against Brighton & Hove Albion with both second-half goals falling just five minutes apart.
Leandro Trossard looked immense on his Brighton debut, netting two breathtaking volleys either side of half-time, albeit the first was somewhat harshly ruled out due to new handball rules.
Javier Hernandez silenced his doubters by slotting the ball past Mat Ryan to put the Hammers into the lead on the hour mark, before paying tribute to his young daughter through celebration.
The hosts immediately struck back though and were unlucky not to past another past Lukasz Fabianski, so Manuel Pellegrini will see the result as a strong point on the road against one of his side’s bogey teams.
Anyway, there were clear winners and losers from the game considering the teams didn’t give us any and we’re here to pay tribute to them, just like Chicharito and his daughter’s cheeks…
Winner: Javier Hernandez
Many West Ham fans were livid that Hernandez was selected as a lone striker to replace the injured Haller, but he went and proved his class, and proved those fans wrong. He still has plenty to offer this squad and will hope his goal is rewarded with more game time.
Loser: Jack Wilshere
For the second week running, Wilshere has put in a lacklustre showing before being hooked by Pellegrini at half-time. Noble’s return from injury couldn’t come sooner, but time’s running out for the former Arsenal star to prove his worth.
Winner: Angelo Ogbonna
Ogbonna was a surprise starter and not only that, but he was given the captain’s armband too. Plenty were panicking when he was on the teamsheet rather than Balbuena, but the Italian ultimately matched, if not bettered, the performance of Diop.
Loser: Pablo Fornals
Obviously, Fornals is going to need time to adjust to playing in a new country and expectations were high following his impressive U21 European Championships exploits. However, fans have been getting on his back for an ineffective showing before making way for Yarmolenko. Give him time…
Yes, there's class in there somewhere.
No, he's blown both chances so far.
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