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West Ham player ratings vs Lyon: Outstanding display from Jarrod Bowen with no-frills Craig Dawson

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West Ham had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Lyon in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final after Tottenham-owned Tanguy Ndombele canceled out Jarrod Bowen’s goal.

Aaron Cresswell was sent off in the first half for a tug on Moussa Dembele when the left-back was deemed the last man, infuriating David Moyes who was booked as he headed into the tunnel.

Despite being a man down, the Hammers took the lead seven minutes after the restart, Bowen pounced on a defensive error to score from close range.

But Spurs loanee Ndombele assured the encounter would be well prepared in France next week when he finished six yards out after some sloppy defending.

Dan Kilpatrick was at the London Stadium to assess West Ham players…

Alphonse Areole 6

His light touch on Tete’s cross caught Fredericks on the wrong foot for Ndombele’s equaliser. Twice tested by Lyon in the last 15 minutes but held on.

Ryan Frederick 5

Made a mess of the cross for Lyon’s equaliser, although Areola’s touch made it difficult for him. Bravely saw the game with a stitched eyebrow after a nasty clash of heads.

Craig Dawson 8

Sprayed a superb diagonal to free Benrahma for a first-half chance and usually no frills defensively.

Kurt Zouma 7

Unusually sloppy on occasions, but defended well when needed, and threw dangerous long balls towards Antonio as West Ham went straight.

Aaron Creswell 5

The red card was harsh – but arguably fair. Dembele fell easily but Cresswell gave him the option by briefly grabbing his arm.

Declan Rice 7

Always in the right place to stifle Lyon’s attacks and launched well from midfield. We had to be more reserved in the second half. Did well to avoid the reservation which would have excluded him from the return match.

Tomas Soucek 6

Disciplined and hard working in midfield, but lacked his usual threat in the final third.

Jarrod Bowen 8

Jumped on Jerome Boateng’s mistake to score and should have had an assist for Antonio with a great run and a cross. Another standout display from the Hammers’ in-form player.

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Said Benrahma 6

Can feel tough being the drop guy at halftime after a lively 45 minutes. Breached Lyon’s back line after a superb first touch from Dawson’s pass but his effort was saved.

Pablo Fornal 8

Won possession in the build up to the goal and slid the ball to Bowen. Earlier made a chance for Antonio. Never stopped running.

Michael Antonio 7

Hold up play with feet, chest and head was excellent and repeatedly stretched Lyon on the block. But was a fraction of time slow to pull the trigger after being shoved by Fornals, allowing the defender to block, and failed to connect with Bowen’s cross when he could have fired.

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Ben Johnson (Benrahma 46′) 6

Had no chance to advance but showed discipline and composure as an auxiliary left-back.

Not used: Fabianski, Randolph, Coufal, Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Noble, Diop, Masuaku, Kral, Alese, Parkins.


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