West Ham and Genk shared the spoils on Thursday night in the Europa League with a 2-2 draw at the Luminus Arena.

Joseph Painstil opened the scoring for the hosts, before Said Benrahma scored two to put the Hammers in the driver’s seat.

However, David Moyes’ men failed to hold on to their lead as Tomas Soucek headed the ball into his own net to ensure that the game was drawn.

Here’s how West Ham Zone rated the Hammers players on Thursday night:

Alphonse Areola 5

Conceded just one goal, but could’ve done better to stop it from finding the back of the net. His positioning was off from the start of the attack and that made it harder for him to make the save. The same could be said of Tomas Soucek’s goal.

Vladimir Coufal 6

Started his first game after injury and in that context, put in a good performance. However, come to what we’ve seen of him in the past, it was ordinary, to say the least.

Craig Dawson 5

Not the best of games for Dawson as he was partly to be blamed for the first goal and then picked up a needless booking later in the game. Fourth choice for a reason.

Issa Diop 4

In our view, the 24-year-old was West Ham’s worst player on the pitch. The way he got turned for the opener proves that he’s still got plenty to learn and why he’s not a regular starter for David Moyes.

Aaron Cresswell 7

The Englishman just does not seem to tire as he put in yet another energetic performance down the Hammers left. His passing was on point and he also made some telling crosses that gave the opposition a few problems.

Mark Noble 5

Struggled to keep up with the pace of the game and was rightly brought off before the hour mark. He’ll have better matches until the end of the season.

Declan Rice 6

A quiet display, given the standards we’ve set of Rice. He was good with the ball at his feet, but wasn’t as sharp at retaining or winning the ball back in tight spaces.

Said Benrahama 9

Hands down, the man of the match. The Algerian did everything for the Hammers in the attack. Not only did he bag both goals, but he also seemed to be their biggest creative threat and even played three key passes. A complete performance from him and he’s really seeming to come good after a slow start to life at the London Stadium.

Manuel Lanzini 7

An impressive performance from the Argentine and he made a good case to Moyes to let him start every week. He made some clever passes and combined well with Benrahma.

Arthur Masuaku 5

Not the best of outings for the left-back who played as left-winger. He still seems to be lacking that kind of match sharpness which possibly explains this performance.

Michail Antonio 5

Wasn’t a game he needed to play and Moyes will have regretted tiring the Jamaican. He struggled to have the impact he does in league games and will have every reason to be disappointed by it.


Tomas Soucek 5

Jarrod Bowen 6

Pablo Fornals 6

Alex Kral N/A

In other West Ham news, a Hammers first-team player is set to be transfer listed ahead of a January exit

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