West Ham moved into fifth place in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Sunderland at Upton Park. Michail Antonio scored the only goal of the game in the first-half as The Hammers extended their unbeaten home run to 13 games.
Sunderland missed the opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone and they missed several opportunities to get a point. Jack Rodwell had their best chance of the game but Adrian made a brilliant save to keep West Ham in front. Rodwell put the ball in the net at the second attempt but he handled it in the build-up.
Rodwell had another good chance however he put the ball over the bar after a fantastic goal-saving tackle from right-back Sam Byram. Jermain Defoe put his shot wide of the post after a mistake from the West Ham defence. Andy Carroll smashed a volley off the cross-bar after return from injury as a substitute. Here we rate the performances of the West Ham players.
Adrian – 7.5/10
The goalkeeper put in a commanding performance and made a brilliant save from Jack Rodwell.
Sam Byram – 6.5/10
The right-back is a player for the future for West Ham but he made an error which nearly led to Rodwell scoring.
Angelo Ogbonna – 6.5/10
The defender wasn’t often tested by Sunderland.
Aaron Cresswell – 7/10
The left-back has only missed one Premier League game since his move from Ipswich and he contained Sunderland down his flank.
Mark Noble – 7/10
The veteran midfielder had a solid game and almost scored a superb long-range goal in the first-half.
Cheikhou Kouyate 7/10
The midfielder was good in possession and helped dictate play for The Hammers.
Michail Antonio – 7.5/10
Antonio was lively throughout the game and his goal got West Ham three points, it also earned him man-of-the-match.
Dmitri Payet – 6.5/10
This was an unusually quiet game for Payet and he didn’t have much of an influence.
Manuel Lanzini – 6/10
Returning from injury, Lanzini also struggled to have an impact on the game.
Emmanuel Emenike – 5.5/10
Emenike was virtually anonymous throughout the game and was subbed in the second half.