Monday, 30 September 2013

Hull City 1 - 0 West Ham United

KC Stadium

Hull City vs West Ham United
1-0 Robbie Brady 12'
Isn't it just typical of West Ham, that our most attacking away display resulted in one of our most disappointing results of the Sam Allardyce era?

Isn't it just typical of West Ham  that for the first time this season, we completely dominated possession, like all the 'purists' tell us we should,  but failed to trouble the scoresheet?

And isn't it just typical of West Ham, that the opposition were awarded an incredibly soft penalty, while we were denied a complete stone waller?

A one nil defeat to newly promoted Hull City was not what we needed following on from our agonisingly late defeat against Everton a week ago. Had decisions gone our way, the day may have been different, but they didn't, and it wasn't.

So why didn't we manage to get that elusive away goal?

Well, Sam Allardyce has already mentioned the fact that we put 36 crosses into the Hull box - 13 of which were accurate, and 6 of which led to a shot on goal. Crossing was clearly the order of the day on Saturday afternoon. What disappointed me then, was our difficulty to get either wide man, Matt Jarvis or Mohamed Diamé involved in the game.

Diamé, our most accurate passer of the ball last season, received 25 passes throughout his 70 minutes, and played just 13 of his own, plus five attempted crosses. For a player as influential as the Senegalese, such a starvation of possession is almost criminal. We all know that Diamé is at his best when driving at the defence, causing panic amongst the opposition backline. He appears wasted and anonymous on the right wing.

But the real disappointment for me was Matt Jarvis. Diamé could be pardoned slightly as he is playing in an unfamiliar position, but Jarvis was just as anonymous on Saturday. He attempted 16 passes, plus 5 crosses, and received just 18 passes. For a player who is widely regarded as the sides main attacking outlet, we are really struggling to get the winger on the ball.

There is, of course, the argument that his teammates should take more of the responsibility for failing to find Jarvis on a more regular basis. Mark Noble, made over 70 passes at the weekend, and found Jarvis just four times. Razvan Rat, playing just behind the winger, found him once. However, this argument is quashed by the introduction of Ricardo Vaz Te.

Vaz Te was only on the pitch for 20 minutes, but in that time he received 14 passes - just four less than Jarvis in less than one third of the time. This suggests that Jarvis' himself is the problem. He is struggling to get involved in games, he isn't taking on defenders enough, and he isn't getting the right level of quality on his final ball.

The images below show passes received by Jarvis and Vaz Te. The thing that stands out most to me, is that Vaz Te was clearly able to link up with Rat far more easily than Jarvis, with a series of passes coming in to him down the left flank, whilst passes to Jarvis seem to come from all over the pitch, and very few are in to the dangerous left wing position that he favours.

Another player who disappointed on Saturday was Kevin Nolan. 

I know that Modibo Maiga isn't perfect, but he has, somewhat unfairly in my eyes, become a the whipping boy for the fans. What a lot of people are failing to take into account though, is the massive lack of support that he receives from his team mates - none more so than Nolan.

Nolan is undoubtedly our best finisher. He's our only goal poacher, and he's also pretty handy on the ball just outside of the opposition's penalty area. When playing with Andy Carroll, Nolan plays in tandem with the striker, never too far away, anticipating his knock downs, and scoring goals as a result.

On Saturday though, it was a completely different story. Nolan was often the deepest of the midfield trio, with the 'holding' midfielders Noble and Morrison offering far more of an attacking threat than the skipper.

The following image shows player influence in the game. The bigger the name, the more involved the player. The fact that Nolan's name is hardly visible tells its own story. So does the fact that his name actually appears on the halfway line under Ravel Morrison. In the first half, he was even deeper, appearing most frequently just in front of Winston Reid.

This begs the question: Is this a tactical move, or is Nolan simply out of form?

It's hard to be positive about such a poor result, but there were a few positives to take away.

Stewart Downing's cameo hopefully means we will see less of Diamé on the wing, and may actually be able to approach our next game with two of our most deadly wide men. Ravel Morrison and Mark Noble are continuing to develop a very promising partnership in midfield, attempting more than 120 passes between them on Saturday.

But the real positive for me, was the inclusion and performance of James Tomkins.

The academy graduate has been forced out of the side in recent months by the good form of James Collins, and has found Premier League opportunities in short supply. His inclusion on Saturday was something of a surprise, but was a welcome sight. Many believe that Tomkins' inclusion over James Collins encourages the side to play a more expansive style of football, and, against Hull, this certainly seemed the case.

Tomkins made over 60 passes on Saturday afternoon - 47 of which found a teammate (77%). But what is striking, is that none of his passes were to Modibo Maiga or Mladen Petric. It has become common for West Ham defenders to try and hit the forward quickly with a long pass. Looking at Tomkins most regular pass combinations (below) shows the different approach.

Aside from his passing game, Tomkins was also very solid defensively. He won 4 out of 5 aerial duels, was successful with 5 out of 5 attempted tackles, made two clearances, and one interception.

The following images show Tomkins passes. Firstly, his combinations (only those players he passes to more than once are shown), and secondly, a map of all his attempted passes from the game.

On the whole, a defeat against a newly promoted side really wasn't what we expected to get. Five points from six games always wasn't how this season was meant to start.

The run of Premier League games without a victory has now stretched to 5, and with games against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Swansea City coming up, the immediate future is looking a little ropy.

Let's hope we can pull something out of the bag next week, because it's fast getting to the stage where we really, really need to do something special.

 General Play 
4-2-3-1 Formation 4-2-3-1
(35) Allan McGregor - Jussi Jääskeläinen (-4)
(16) Liam Rosenior - Joey O'Brien (-1)
(47) Curtis Davies - James Tomkins (35)
(20) Abdoulaye Faye - Winston Reid (2)
(9) Maynor Figueroa - Rǎzvan Raţ (22)
(6) Ahmed Elmohamady - Mark Noble (29)
(11) Tom Huddlestone - Ravel Morrison (-1)
(21) Jake Livermore - Mohamed Diamé (25)
(55) Robbie Brady - Kevin Nolan (-7)
(2) Sone Aluko - Matt Jarvis (1)
(-23) Danny Graham - Modibo Maïga (13)

(-6) David Meyler - Mladen Petrić (0)
(0) George Boyd - Ricardo Vâz Te (12)
(-2) Yannick Sagbo - Stewart Downing (19)

Best Performance
(55) Robbie Brady - James Tomkins (35)

Worst Performance
(-23) Danny Graham - Kevin Nolan (-7)

42% Possession 58%

321 Passes Attempted 468
Tom Huddlestone 48 Most Attempted 76 Mark Noble

71% Passing Accuracy 76%
% In Opp. Half %
Sone Aluko 89% Best Accuracy 100% Stewart Downing

64 Long Balls 57
Tom Huddlestone 10 Most Long Balls (excl. GK) 13 Winston Reid

Most Frequent Pass Combination
Rosenior to Elmohamady 15 - 14 Noble to Tomkins

 8 Aerial Duels Won 17 
 32% Success 68% 
Ahmed Elmohamady 4 Most Won 4 James Tomkins

Tom Huddlestone 64 Most Touches 94 Mark Noble

 Offensive Play 
11 Attempts on Goal 18
4 On Target 6
4 Off Target 7
3 Blocked 5
5 From Outside the Box 7
Robbie Brady 4 Most Shots 4 Modibo Maïga

6 Key Passes 6
Robbie Brady 2 Most Key Passes 3 Rǎzvan Raţ

23 Crosses 36
Robbie Brady 9 Most Attempted 7 Stewart Downing

5 Successful Crosses 13
22% Success 36%
Robbie Brady 3 Most Successful 2 Stewart Downing

 Defensive Play 
18 Tackles Attempted 16
9 Successful Tackles 13
50% Success 81%
Tom Huddlestone 5 Most Tackles 5 James Tomkins

46 Clearances 32
Curtis Davies 12 Most Clearances 8 Winston Reid

6 Interceptions 10
Robbie Brady 1 Most Interceptions 3 Rǎzvan Raţ

5 Shot Blocks 3
Maynor Figueroa 2 Most Shot Blocks 2 James Tomkins

1 6yrd Blocks 2
Robbie Brady 1 Most 6yrd Blocks 1 Stewart Downing

 11 Fouls 13 
2 Most Fouls 3

1 Yellow Cards 2
Hull City:  Danny Graham   
West Ham United:  Ravel Morrison,  Kevin Nolan  

0 Red Cards 0
Hull City:     
West Ham United:     

 Head to Heads 
Allan McGregor vs Jussi Jääskeläinen
0 Goals Conceded 1
5 Saves 2
0 Crosses Claimed 0

17 Total Passes 6
8 Accurate Passes 2
47% Success 33%

16 Long Balls 4
94% % 67%

2 Throw Outs 6
10 Kick from Hand 0

0 Errors Leading to Shot 0
0 Errors Leading to Goal 0

Yannick Sagbo 4 Most Passed To 2 James Tomkins
Liam Rosenior 4 Most Passes From 3 James Tomkins

Curtis Davies vs James Tomkins
2 Aerial Duels 5
2 Duels Won 4
100% Success 80%
4 Tackles Attempted 5
1 Tackles Completed 5
25% Success 100%
13 Clearances 2
0 Interceptions 1
1 Blocks 0
0 6yrd Blocks 0
0 Errors Leading to Shot 0
0 Errors Leading to Goal 0
11 Passes Attempted 61
7 Successful 47
64% Success 77%
0 Crosses Attempted 0
0 Successful 0
0% Success 0%
0 Chances Created 0
2 Attempts on Goal 2
1 On Target 2
0 Goals 0
Maynor Figueroa 3 Most Passed To 12 Winston Reid
Tom Huddlestone 1 Most Passes From 14 Mark Noble

Tom Huddlestone vs Mark Noble
48 Passes Attempted 73
35 Successful 65
73% Success 89%
0 Key Passes 3
0 Assists 0
0 Attempts on Goal 2
0 On Target 0
0 Goals 0
5 Tackles Attempted 1
4 Tackles Completed 1
80% Success 100%
4 Clearances 3
1 Interceptions 3
0 Blocks 0
0 6yrd Blocks 0
0 Errors Leading to Shot 0
0 Errors Leading to Goal 0
Liam Rosenior 8 Most Passed To 14 James Tomkins
Maynor Figueroa 8 Most Passes From 13 Joey O'Brien

Danny Graham vs Modibo Maïga
1 Attempts on Goal 4
0 On Target 2
0 Goals 0
0 Key Passes 1
0 Assists 0
20 Passes Attempted 15
17 Successful 9
85% Success 60%
2 Aerial Duels 6
1 Duels Won 1
50% Success 17%
Sone Aluko 6 Most Passed To 4 Mohamed Diamé
Ahmed Elmohamady 6 Most Passes From 5 Rǎzvan Raţ

Friday, 27 September 2013

Hull City vs West Ham United

Saturday 28th September
KC Stadium

Hull City vs West Ham United

We may not have done it the easy way, but a midweek cup victory over Cardiff City has managed to lift the mood a little around the Boleyn Ground.

To follow up the very disappointing defeat against Everton with a third home defeat on the spin would have been almost unthinkable. The victory has certainly lifted some pressure off the players, and now we hope they can roll that into the weekends fixture against Hull City.

Hull have been rather surprising so far in this Premier League season. Many expected them to be the weakest of the three promoted sides, but they have managed to accumulate 7 points from their opening 5 games, standing them in good stead for the rest of the season.

One of the key reasons they have made a positive start to the season is, for me, the double addition of Tottenham Hotspur's England pair Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone.

The pair are both very good ball playing midfielders, with Livermore so far completing 83% of his 185 passes, and Huddlestone managing a very impressive 82% of his 233. Between them, the midfielders have already created 14 chances for their teammates, at a rate of 2.8 chances created per game - a rate that jumps to 5 per game when looking at home matches alone.

Both players will present a different challenge to West Ham's midfielders on Saturday. Livermore tends to get forward and create for the two strikers, Danny Graham and Sone Aluko, whilst Huddlestone sits deeper, spraying passes across the field.

The images below show, firstly, the areas from which Livermore has created chances this season, and secondly, the passes attempted by Huddlestone against Newcastle last week. As you can see, Livermore has created 83% of his chances from just off the strikers, suggesting the England midfielder will burst forward and support the attack. Huddlestone, on the other hand, made the majority of his passes against Newcastle from inside his own half, holding position and using his range of passing to damage the opposition.

Saturday will also represent a different sort of challenge to West Ham's back line. It is very rare in the Premier League to see a side lining up with the traditional 4-4-2 formation, but that is exactly what Steve Bruce's side have done in their past two games - and, seeing as they have gained four points in those matches, I'd expect to see it again.

The two forwards that have started the past couple of games are Danny Graham and Sone Aluko. Graham is your typical, bullish English striker - a strong battler, but not the greatest finisher in the world. Whilst Aluko is a more skilful, deep lying type of forward.

Despite making a positive start to his Premier League career (12 goals in 36 in his first top flight season), Graham has managed just three league goals for three clubs since the start of last season - and hasn't scored since New Years Day 2013.

Alongside him, Aluko also isn't the most prolific of strikers. He has managed a hit rate of one goal in more than every five games (34 in 182) - a figure that is boosted greatly by a 23 games spell for Rangers in 2011/12 when he grabbed 12 goals.

However, we've already seen from Aluko that he has something special in his locker - his goal against Newcastle last week was right out of the top drawer, and Danny Graham has punished West Ham before, grabbing a goal in our 0-3 defeat at Swansea 13 months ago.

The following images show the different challenges that the two represent. The first image shows Aluko's heat map against Newcastle. As you can see, the Nigerian international is not a typical centre forward, spending most of his time outside of the penalty box, drifting all over the pitch. The second image shows Graham's action zones in Hull's previous home game against Cardiff City. As you can see, he spends much more time in the attacking third, and made more touches in the box than in any other action zone.

Interestingly too, you can see that Aluko tends to drift toward the right wing, while Graham often goes out to the left. This allows the forwards to double up on the fullbacks, whilst also creating space for the likes of Stephen Quinn, Jake Livermore, and, in particular, Robbie Brady to get into the box and damage the opposition.

This is the sort of game that I tend to worry about. We know that we're capable of beating Hull City, home or away. This raises the expectations for us all, which is always a dangerous thought with West Ham. As soon as you start expecting performances from West Ham, they tend to find a way to bring you back down to ground with a bump.

That said, we've now managed 5 goals in our previous two games against Premier League opposition. Although we've conceded the same amount in that time, we also know we have a very strong defensive pedigree.

Let's hope that we can find the right balance between attack and defence and get the league victory that we crave.

 Head to Head 
24% Head to Head Win % 41%
10 Won 17
14 Drawn 14
17 Lost 10
47 Goals Scored 63
63 Goals Conceded 47

 Recent Form 
W W L D W Last 6 D W L D L
6 Goals Scored 4
5 Goals Conceded 5
W D D W D Home/Away Form D D L L D D
5 Goals Scored 2
3 Goals Conceded 5
 Form Player (Last 6 Only) 
Ahmed Elmohamady - Winston Reid
6 Appearances 6
 Minutes Played 540
225 Sum Squawka Performance Score 117
45 Average Squawka Performance Rating 25
272 Passes Attempted 155
214 Completed 109
79% Success Rate 70%
4 Chances Created 0
0 Assists 0
1 Attempts on Goal 3
1 On Target 0
1 Goals 0
11 Tackles Made 14
11 Successful Tackles 12
100% Success Rate 86%
17 Interceptions 13
14 Clearances 55
1 Blocks 2
5 Defensive Actions Per Game 12
5 Aerial Duels 33
3 Won 21
60% Success Rate 64%

0 Defensive Errors 0
0 Leading to a Goal 0
 Last Meeting 
28 April 2012
1-0 Carlton Cole 36'
2-0 Carlton Cole 49'
2-1 Corry Evans 81'

4-2-3-1 Starting Formation 4-2-3-1
 Starting XI 
Robert Green - Vito Mannone
Guy Demel - Liam Rosenior
James Tomkins - Liam Cooper
Winston Reid - James Chester
Matthew Taylor - Andy Dawson
Mark Noble - Corry Evans
Gary O'Neil - Paul McKenna
Henri Lansbury - Richard Garcia
Kevin Nolan - Tom Cairney
Ricardo Vâz Te - Joshua King
Carlton Cole - Matty Fryatt

Hull City: James Chester, Maynor Figueroa, Paul McShane, Robert Koren, Robbie Brady
West Ham United: Guy Demel, Alou Diarra, Stewart Downing, Joe Cole, Andy Carroll

Hull City: n/a
West Ham United: n/a

  Opposition Last Time Out
vs Newcastle
 Goals Scored: 3
 Goals Conceded: 2
 Starting Formation: 4-4-2

  Alan McGregor

  Ahmed Elmohamady  James Chester  Curtis Davies  Liam Rosenior

  Stephen Quinn  Tom Huddlestone  Jake Livermore  Robbie Brady

  Sone Aluko  Danny Graham

subs: Steve Harper, Alex Bruce, Abdoulaye Faye, David Meyler, George Boyd, Nick Proschwitz, Yannick Sagbo

 Best Player: Robbie Brady
 Squawka Rating: 67
 Worst Player: Alan McGregor
 Squawka Rating: -28
 Top 5's (2013/14 so far..) 
 Goals Scored 
Robbie Brady 2 - 1 Joe Cole
Curtis Davies 1 - 1 Ravel Morrison
Sone Aluko 1 - 1 Mark Noble
Ahmed Elmohamady 1 - 1 Kevin Nolan

George Boyd 1 - 2 Matt Jarvis
Tom Huddlestone 1 - 1 Mark Noble
Robbie Brady 1 -  
Sone Aluko 1 -  

 Passing Accuracy 
Sone Aluko 86.7% - 84.7% Ravel Morrison
Stephen Quinn 84.9% - 83.6% Stewart Downing
Robert Koren 83.3% - 80.2% Kevin Nolan
Jake Livermore 83.2% - 79.8% Mark Noble
Robbie Brady 82.6% - 77.3% Joey O'Brien

 Chances Created per game 
Tom Huddlestone 1.6 - 1.8 Mark Noble
Robbie Brady 1.4 - 1.3 Stewart Downing
Jake Livermore 1.2 - 1.2 Matt Jarvis
Robert Koren 0.8 - 0.8 Modibo Maïga
Ahmed Elmohamady 0.8 - 0.5 Rǎzvan Raţ

 Successful Dribbles per game 
Sone Aluko 2.2 - 2.6 Mohamed Diamé
Maynor Figueroa 1.5 - 2 Mark Noble
Robbie Brady 1.4 - 1.5 Ravel Morrison
Ahmed Almohamady 1.2 - 1.5 Joe Cole
Jake Livermore 0.6 - 0.8 Kevin Nolan

 Tackles per game 
Maynor Figueroa 2.8 - 3.2 Mohamed Diamé
James Chester 2.6 - 2.8 James Collins
Tom Huddlestone 2.2 - 2.4 Winston Reid
Robbie Brady 2.2 - 2.2 Mark Noble
Ahmed Almohamady 2.2 - 1.8 Joey O'Brien

 Aerial Duels Won per game 
Curtis Davies 3.8 - 7.2 Modibo Maïga
James Chester 2.2 - 3.8 James Collins
Danny Graham 2 - 3.8 Winston Reid
Robbie Brady 1.8 - 2.2 Joey O'Brien
Yannick Sagbo 1.7 - 1.5 Joe Cole

Steve Bruce - Sam Allardyce
49.1% Current Club Win % 42.4%
28 Won 42
10 Drawn 27
19 Lost 30
37.6% Managerial Career Win % 40.0%
241 Won 336
160 Drawn 226
239 Lost 277

0 League Titles 2
0 Cup Wins 0

Monday, 23 September 2013

West Ham United 2 - 3 Everton

Boleyn Ground

West Ham United vs Everton
1-0 Ravel Morrison 31'
1-1 Leighton Baines 62'
2-1 Mark Noble 76'
2-2 Leighton Baines 83'
2-3 Romelu Lukaku 85'

If I had to use one word to sum up Saturday's result and performance, it'd be: Typical.

It's typical of West Ham in recent years to get themselves into a decent position and blow it. It's typical of our players to make some poor decisions. It's typical of an opposition to take full advantage of our mistakes and punish them. And it's typical of an opposition player to score on his debut.

Were there positives? Yes. Mark Noble had a very good game until he was sent off. Ravel Morrison continues to impress without setting the world alight. Mladen Petric seemed to impress more in half an hour than Modibo Maiga has managed in more than six hours so far this season.

Despite the positives, the overriding feeling is one of dismay - and that is what I'm going to focus on to start.

I may as well begin with the real turning point in the game - Mark Noble's red card.

As I mentioned above, Noble was having a good game until he saw red. 28 of 35 passes were accurate, three chances created, four successful tackles, and a typically calm and clinical penalty kick made it seem that Noble would be the match winner.

But some poor decision making cost Noble, and West Ham, greatly. In his younger years, Noble could regularly be seen making clumsy challenges in unecessary positions, but it seemed that he'd stamped that out of his game.

However, on Saturday that characteristic reared it's head once more. There seems to be a bit of a split opinion on whether or not Noble got the ball with his final foul of the game, but from what I've seen, I don't think he did.

But it's not just that foul that cost Noble. People have said that his first booking was a bit soft. Maybe it was. But Noble it was the first foul Noble had made in 13 minutes, and the referree had little choice.

The image below shows Noble's fouls in the game. What stands out to me, is that three of them are not in particularly dangerous positions. There is an argument that Noble didn't need to make any of the challenges that he got wrong.

Up until Noble's sending off, everything seemed to be going well on the surface. But the facts are that we only managed two shots on target in the game - one a penalty, and one a deflected effort for Ravel's opener.

We don't seem to be carving open the opportunities that we were last season. People will point to the absense of Andy Carroll, but with the lack of creativity we are serving up, there appears to be little that even he could do with the scraps.

For me, Matt Jarvis was the main culprit once again. Jarvis is widely recognised as the main attacking outlet of our side, with his crossing touted as one of the real weapons in or arsenal.

This season, Jarvis has been accurate with just 7 of 36 crosses, and on Saturday he hit his target with 1 of his 6 attempts. For a player of Jarvis' ability, this is not good enough. I know he got an assist, but he really isn't creating enough dangerous opportunities for my liking.

The image below shows Jarvis' attempted crosses against Everton. (Red = Unsuccessful, Green = successful, Yellow = led directly to a shot).

As I mentioned in the intro, there were one or two positives. The main one was the promising cameo of Mladen Petric. The Croat was full of running, and he work that led to the penalty kick was something we haven't seen at all from Modibo Maiga this season.

However, what stood out to me was the difference in how we used the two strikers. All season, we've been playing toward Maiga as if he were Andy carroll (which he clearly is not!), hitting him from range, putting the ball up for him to battle with defenders for, and asking him to hold up the ball.

I know Petric wasn't on the field for a massive amount of time, but the approach was definitely different.

Firstly, Maiga was involved in 11 headed duels, winning 5. Petric wasn't involved in a single aerial duel. None of his passes were made with his head either, showing that he wasn't served up anything in the air.

The other thing that struck me was that Jussi Jaaskelainen regularly searches out Maiga with long balls forward, but attempted none toward Petric. The images below show the passes received by Maiga (first image) and Petric (second image). Although Petric received far fewer, you can see that the range of passes is far smaller, with only one coming from the defence (Winston Reid).

I wrote in my new signing spotlight of Petric that he needed the ball into feet to be effective. Let's hope that this is an approach that the side will adopt.

To be honest, I just want to put this game behind me, as I'm sure we all do.

We have a big week coming up. A win against Cardiff in the Capital One Cup will be the perfect tonic for a couple of humbling results in recent weeks, whilst a visit to the North East to face Hull City next Saturday presents as a very winnable away game.

This time next week, let's hope I'm writing about a very good three points off the back of a great cup win.

Onwards and upwards.

 General Play 
4-2-3-1 Formation 4-2-3-1
(-34) Jussi Jääskeläinen - Tim Howard (-13)
(13) Joey O'Brien - Seamus Coleman (-5)
(-15) James Collins - Phil Jagielka (19)
(31) Winston Reid - Sylvain Distin (13)
(-35) Rǎzvan Raţ - Leighton Baines (109)
(27) Mark Noble - Leon Osman (4)
(3) Ravel Morrison - Gareth Barry (19)
(29) Mohamed Diamé - Kevin Mirallas (16)
(19) Kevin Nolan - Ross Barkley (1)
(7) Matt Jarvis - Steven Naismith (-4)
(-9) Modibo Maïga - Nikica Jelavic (-11)

(-8) Mladen Petrić - James McCarthy (-10)
(-11) Ricardo Vâz Te - Romelu Lukaku (38)
(-1) Matthew Taylor - Bryan Oviedo (5)

Best Performance
(31) Winston Reid - Leighton Baines (109)

Worst Performance
(-35) Rǎzvan Raţ - Tim Howard (-13)

41% Possession 59%

315 Passes Attempted 528
Rǎzvan Raţ 42 Most Attempted 88 Gareth Barry

72% Passing Accuracy 83%
57% In Opp. Half 76%
Mohamed Diamé 87% Best Accuracy 97% Leon Osman

67 Long Balls 67
Rǎzvan Raţ 13 Most Long Balls (excl. GK) Phil Jagielka 16

Most Frequent Pass Combination
O'Brien to Morrison 8 - 18 Barry to Barkley

 20 Aerial Duels Won 21 
 49% Success 51% 
Winston Reid 5 Most Won 4 Gareth Barry

Rǎzvan Raţ 59 Most Touches 101 Gareth Barry

 Offensive Play 
10 Attempts on Goal 10
2 On Target 4
5 Off Target 4
3 Blocked 2
6 From Outside the Box 5
Mohamed Diamé 4 Most Shots 3 Romelu Lukaku

6 Key Passes 6
Mark Noble 3 Most Key Passes 1 James McCarthy

15 Crosses 23
Matt Jarvis 6 Most Attempted 9 Kevin Mirallas

4 Successful Crosses 4
27% Success 17%
Mark Noble 2 Most Successful 2 Kevin Mirallas

 Defensive Play 
26 Tackles Attempted 17
22 Successful Tackles 17
85% Success 100%
Mohamed Diamé 7 Most Tackles 5 Leighton Baines

32 Clearances 44
James Collins 12 Most Clearances 11 Phil Jagielka

15 Interceptions 8
Winston Reid 4 Most Interceptions 2 Gareth Barry

2 Shot Blocks 3
James Collins 1 Most Shot Blocks 1 Gareth Barry

- 6yrd Blocks -
 - Most 6yrd Blocks - 

 17 Fouls 12 
4 Most Fouls 3

3 Yellow Cards 1
West Ham United:  Ravel Morrison,  Mohamed Diamé,  Mark Noble 
Everton:  Ross Barkley   

1 Red Cards 0
West Ham United:  Mark Noble   

 Head to Heads 
Jussi Jääskeläinen vs Tim Howard
3 Goals Conceded 2
2 Saves 0
1 Crosses Claimed 1

18 Total Passes 21
7 Accurate Passes 12
39% Success 57%

15 Long Balls 14
83% % 67%

5 Throw Outs 11
0 Kick from Hand 1

0 Errors Leading to Shot 0
0 Errors Leading to Goal 0

Modibo Maïga 4 Most Passed To 12 Phil Jagielka

Rǎzvan Raţ vs Leighton Baines
1 Aerial Duels 3
1 Duels Won 2
100% Success 67%
0 Tackles Attempted 5
0 Tackles Completed 5
- Success 100%
6 Clearances 7
1 Interceptions 1
0 Blocks 0
0 6yrd Blocks 0
0 Errors Leading to Shot 0
0 Errors Leading to Goal 0
44 Passes Attempted 45
31 Successful 40
70% Success 89%
2 Crosses Attempted 7
1 Successful 1
50% Success 14%
1 Chances Created 1
0 Attempts on Goal 2
0 On Target 2
0 Goals 2
6 Most Passed To 9

Ravel Morrison vs Ross Barkley
33 Passes Attempted 61
27 Successful 50
82% Success 82%
1 Key Passes 1
0 Assists 0
1 Attempts on Goal 2
1 On Target 0
1 Goals 0
0 Tackles Attempted 1
0 Tackles Completed 1
0 Clearances 1
1 Interceptions 0
0 Blocks 0
0 6yrd Blocks 0
0 Errors Leading to Shot 0
0 Errors Leading to Goal 0
Mark Noble 5 Most Passed To 14 Gareth Barry

Modibo Maïga vs Romelu Lukaku
1 Attempts on Goal 3
0 On Target 1
0 Goals 1
0 Key Passes 0
0 Assists 0
18 Passes Attempted 26
10 Successful 20
56% Success 77%
11 Aerial Duels 4
5 Duels Won 2
45% Success 50%
Kevin Nolan 3 Most Passed To 9 Ross Barkley