In his pre-match press conference, Hammers boss David Moyes suggested new signing Said Benrahma may have to wait for his debut, and he was true to his word as the Algerian winger was left watching from the stands alongside Craig Dawson, both not ready to be included in the matchday squad.
Instead, Moyes named the same squad that earned a comeback point the previous week at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
His selection was justified as his charges matched their visitors in the opening exchanges before taking the lead through a sublime Michail Antonio overhead kick.
A worried-looking Pep Guardiola made half time alterations and it was substitute Phil Foden who made the difference, the young England midfielder leveled the score with a smart finish.
Despite being somewhat against the ropes towards the latter stages Motes’ side were never unduly concerned as they held on for a well-deserved point.
One concern from the afternoon’s work was the apparent injury suffered to goal scorer Antonio. The in-form striker had to be replaced shortly after half time and may struggle to be ready for another big test as the Irons travel to Liverpool next weekend.
Here’s how we rated the Hammers…
Lukasz Fabianski - 8
Little chance with the Foden goal and dealt with everything with confidence. Two big saves towards the end to keep the scores level
Vladimir Coufal - 7
Another impressive outing from Coufal in his fledgling West Ham career. Read play well and supplied the cross for the Antonio goal
Fabian Balbuena - 6
A much-improved performance from the previous week. Still leaves a little to be desired. Craig Dawson may fancy ousting the Paraguay international
Angelo Ogbonna - 7
Impressive given his involvement against Spurs. Assured and confident as he cleared the Hammers lines time and time again
Aaron Cresswell - 7
Continues to grow into his new role and delivery was a threat throughout
Arthur Masuaku - 8
Very good outing from Masuaku who was a busy man at left-wing back. Showed neat footwork in the middle of the park to get out of a tight situation
Declan Rice - 7
Solid from the current team captain and showed his worth up against a midfield brimming with quality
Tomas Soucek - 7
Combative, busy and wins almost every header, becoming a crucial member of the West Ham starting XI
Jarrod Bowen - 6
Plenty of industry and willing but struggled to influence going forwards. Ws kept occupied by Cancelo going forward at every opportunity. Replaced by Sebastien Haller
Pablo Fornals - 6
Played all 90 minutes without being able to impart much-attacking threat. Similarly to Bowen, had plenty of work to do going backwards and did it well
Michail Antonio - 8
Stunning goal and held the ball up for his teammates all afternoon until he was forced off through injury
Sebastien Haller (Sub) - 6
Wasn’t afforded much by the way of attacking opportunity as the Hammers were hanging on slightly
Andriy Yarmolenko (Sub) - 4
Almost sent Raheem Sterling in for the winner and generally couldn’t find the right pass, cross, or option throughout his brief appearance