Player rating when Hammers advances in the FA Cup

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West Ham advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 home win over second-placed Premier League side Leeds on Sunday afternoon.

The first half hour was a boring deal with chances of overpricing. West Ham looked more likely to score with Jarrod Bowen having an effort well cleared and Michail Antonio also came close.

At the same time, Leeds’ opening changes were summed up when Lewis Bate was presented with a free volley inside the box but fluffed his lines and made mistakes.

Shortly after this, West Ham finally aroused some excitement by opening the scoring under frightening circumstances.

Michail Antonio carried the ball into the final third before finding Nikola Vlasic on the edge of the penalty area. The Croatian managed to spin his marker and even though his first, stabbed attempt was saved, the ball went to Manuel Lanzini, who drove home. After a long VAR check for offside, the goal was confirmed.

In the second half, West Ham threatened to extend their lead but were let down by a lack of clinical lead in the final third.

20 minutes from time, Leeds rejected an excellent chance to equalize when Mateusz Klich made an effort over goal and both Daniel James and Jack Harrison failed to convert.

After this fear, West Ham once again showed their ability to see victories, which limited the whites to half chances. Just before the referee blew for full time, Hammers made it 2-0, hooked on Antonio’s consistent ball and rolled it under the rushing Meslier.

Here are your player ratings from London Stadium …

An easy afternoon job for Dawson / JUSTIN TALLIS / GettyImages

Alphonse Areola (GK) – 6/10 – Rarely challenged to action. On the rare occasions he was, he did well.

Ryan Fredericks (RB) – 6/10 – Solid but did not do too much on his rare bets going forward.

Craig Dawson (CB) – 8/10 – Easy to handle the inexperienced Sam Greenwood. Composed after the break as well.

Issa Diop (CB) – 7/10 – Unflaggable in ball possession, even when Leeds pressed with real intensity.

Ben Johnson (LB) – 7/10 – Another mature show from the youth. Handled Leeds forward easily, even when Raphinha was introduced.

A goal for Lanzini / Alex Pantling / GettyImages

Declan Rice (CM) – 7/10 – Another impressive midfield display. Did a bit of everything but had some stubborn efforts out of reach.

Tomas Soucek (CM) – 6/10 – Worked well with Rice to help West Ham control the midfield. Full of running.

Manuel Lanzini (AM) – 7/10 – Took his goal nicely even though it was a fairly uncomplicated chance.

Antonio was impressive / Craig Mercer / MB Media / GettyImages

Jarrod Bowen (RW) – 8/10 – Had an effort cleared by the line in the first half. He always came behind and tried to make things happen. Deserved his goal.

Michail Antonio (ST) – 7/10 – Tore Leeds are torn apart in the first half. They simply could not live with him.

Nikola Vlasic (LW) – 7/10 – His clever spin created West Ham’s opener. The ball progressed stylishly at times. Encouraging to see him play well with the Hammers who will miss Said Benrahma for a while.

Pablo Fornals (AM) – 6/10

Arthur Masuaku (RW) – N / A

Andriy Yarmolenko (ST) – N / A

Meslier could not secure the ball in the run-up to West Ham’s goal / JUSTIN TALLIS / GettyImages

Illan Meslier (GK) – 5/10 – Alleged crosses for sure. Bad luck for both goals.

Luke Ayling (RB) – 5/10 – Continued to study for an hour before being pulled over when Leeds changed shape.

Diego Llorente (CB) – 6/10 – Leeds’ best defender. He read the game expertly and distributed effectively.

Leo Fuhr Hjelde (CB) – 5/10 – Fought to handle Antonio with Hammer’s frontman spinning with ease.

Junior Firpo (LB) – 6/10 – Fought hard and even got a few openings in the last third sometimes. The final ball was not good.

Koch tired of breaking up the play / Alex Pantling / GettyImages

Robin Koch (CM) – 5/10 – One of the few Leeds players who did not consistently pass the ball. Have not done too much with it.

Lewis Bate (CM) – 4/10 – Missed a rare, decent chance for his team just before West Ham opened the scoring. Looked a bit light in midfield.

Mateusz Klich (CM) – 6/10 – The mission to be Leeds’ advanced midfielder. It really did not happen for him, but he came up with a golden opportunity after the break.

A tough match / Mike Hewitt / GettyImages

Jack Harrison (RW) – 4/10 – A couple of moments but pretty much drifted in and out of the game. Missed a golden chance to equalize.

Sam Greenwood (ST) – 4/10 – Struggled on a rare start, even though he was starving on duty. Rarely won a duel.

Daniel James (LW) – 3/10 – Quiet for most of the game. Missed a great chance at the end.

Raphinha (ST) – 5/10 – Not as game-changing as we expected.

Stuart Dallas (CM) – 6/10 – Moved to right back after Ayling’s departure. Steady.

Adam Forshaw (CM) – 6/10 – Added some stability.

Cody Drameh (LB) – 6/10

Crysencio Summerville (RW) – N / A

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