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West Ham United (A) player ratings: Isak at the double and a post away from a 10/10

West Ham United (A) player ratings: Isak at the double and a post away from a 10/10
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Newcastle earned a creditable point at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon, though there weren't too many outstanding individual displays in the Magpies' ranks after an exhausting run of fixtures.

Here's our rundown of player ratings, using a combination of what we saw on the box and have gleaned from sources such as FBref, WhoScored, and Sofascore:

Nick Pope – 5

The big goalkeeper was caught out badly for the opener, though he wasn't left with much choice but to try and intervene due to the lax tracking ahead of him. He probably should have done better with the late equaliser, too, but did atone (somewhat) for those errors with a big save from Bowen in added time. His distribution was much better today, as well.

Kieran Trippier – 8

What a start to the season our right-back has had. He was excellent yet again today, winning 5/7 duels, completing 89% of his 97 attempted passes (the most of anyone), and providing a world-class assist for Isak's second. He has taken his game to new heights this season and didn't deserve to leave East London with anything less than three points.

Jamaal Lascelles (c) – 6

This was a very different game to Paris Saint-Germain, which we said suited him perfectly due to the lack of involvement he was required to have in possession. While his use of the ball was fine today, we lost a lot from our game without Botman's progressive passing through the lines. Lascelles' poor tracking was largely to blame for the opening goal, too.

Fabian Schär – 6

He didn't reach the same heights he did against the French champions in midweek, but Schär was still the better of the central defensive duo in possession. It was the other side of the game that let him down here, unfortunately, with just 3/11 duels won on a difficult afternoon against Antonio. Not at fault for either of the Hammers' goals, however.

Dan Burn – 7

This was the big left-back's best game in the league for quite some time, in both attack and defence. He dealt with the significant threat of Bowen throughout the contest and should have had an assist with a superb through ball for Isak's one-on-one. In addition, he was largely good in possession and snuffed out a lot of danger with his anticipation.

Sean Longstaff – 6

Switched over to the left in the second period after struggling to impact the game in the first. Wasn't at his best in terms of ball handling and keeping us ticking over, while he only won 33% of his individual duels as well. Given how brilliant he's been since returning, we'll put this down to fatigue more than anything, though the game didn't really suit him.

Bruno Guimarães – 8

Easily the pick of the midfield but shouldn't have been on the pitch longer than 18 minutes to earn this score. He was sold down the river by Tonali for the second yellow card that wasn't, but it was still a crazy challenge to make a minute after being booked. Putting that to one side, he saw loads of the ball, used it very well, and had a big hand in the second goal.

Sandro Tonali – 6

If it wasn't for that weak attempt at a block on Kudus for the late equaliser, this would have been the Italian's best overall performance since the opening day. While he did have other moments that made us scratch our heads, he was more involved than normal, completed 91% of his passes, and zipped around the pitch harrying opponents at every opportunity.

Miguel Almirón – 6

This was a classic non-scoring Miggy display. There was no lack of effort and he tried everything in his repertoire to impact the game, but he's far from his best when playing against opponents who implement a low block and show next to no interest in attacking. He's the definition of a system player and the system didn't function as normal today.

Alexander Isak – 9

Led the line strongly and took his two goals superbly but knowing his character he'll be more concerned with the one-on-one he missed at 2-1. Howe had to move him out to the left in the first half to get him in the game and he came alive at points in that position, with his dribbling ability to the fore. All-in-all, the Swede was just a post away from a 10/10.

Elliot Anderson – 6

Given a rare opportunity to play in his preferred left-wing position, Anderson didn't let anybody down but also was far from great. He had a hand in the second goal and showed no fear in possession, though he'll be kicking himself for letting Coufal run free of him for the late equaliser. We might not see him on the wing again, and maybe that's not a bad thing.


Jacob Murphy – 5

This looked like a good game for Murphy to come into, but he only ended up appearing in the 82nd minute. Buzzed around and contested things well, but was never able to get into a position to properly affect things in an attacking sense.

Callum Wilson – 4

We appreciate that he's just back from injury, but this was a poor cameo in a situation that required him to keep the ball in the hosts' half. He managed one touch in ten minutes, losing possession with it, and also lost all of his duels. Gave away two needless fouls, too.

Matt Targett – N/A

Like in midweek, Targett only got a minute of action and didn't even have time for a touch.