Cheltenham 0-2 West Ham Player Ratings: Colossal Collins

Ayew and Sakho celebrate –

Late first half goals from Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew saw West Ham move into Round Three of the League Cup, but not without the occasional scare at Whaddon Road.  How did each player fare for both Cheltenham and the Hammers? Here’s our ratings.

Cheltenham Town

Jonathan Flatt – made a good point-blank save from Sakho after half an hour, but was beaten with a far softer effort from the Senegal striker five minutes before the break. Neither goal was hit with much power. 3

Jordon Forster – did not provide much width when deployed at right-back, but was far better in the second half when moved to centre-back, making two crucial blocks. 6
Jamie Grimes – made some good interceptions in a solid performance. For both goals, he was a potential goal-line saviour rather than the culprit. 7
Will Boyle – lost his man Sakho for the first goal and pushed too high up for the second, before he was taken off at half-time. Those lapses in concentration are unaffordable against top flight opposition. 2
Jordan Cranston – made some useful runs in the first half to support Winchester and Eisa. However, this adventurous mentality stopped him from getting close to the two centre-backs and West Ham exploited the resultant space for both goals. 4

Harry Pell – his height was often utilized with a lot of high balls towards him on the right flank. Linked up well with Winchester in the second half. 6
Kyle Storer – headed Ogbonna’s aerial attempt off the line on the half-hour mark and one good corner led to Boyle’s off-target header. Got caught out of position for West Ham’s second goal. 5
Nigel Atangana – pressed behind Eisa and Wright to try and lock the opposition in their defensive third, to some success in the first half. His zealous approach saw him caught too far up at times, but his battling qualities were evident. 6
Carl Winchester – some good link-up play with Eisa in the first half and then Pell in the second, when he moved to right-back. Showed impressive touch and dynamism. 7

Danny Wright – he was used as an aerial reference point but this meant he had to outwit two tall, powerful and vastly-experienced centre-backs. He was unable to do so and Cheltenham therefore suffered in the final third. 3
Mohamed Eisa – lively spells midway through the first and second halves, nearly winning a penalty. He was guilty of dithering on the ball at vital moments though and could not find the accuracy to trouble Adrian. 5

Kevin Dawson (on 45) – might have closed down Fernandes, Byram and Ayew quicker on the left, considering he had the freshest pairs of legs on the field and a full-back behind him. 4
Brian Graham (on 64) – yet to truly settle at Cheltenham after his move from Hibs this month. 4
Dan Holman (on 71) – stretched for Pell’s cross late on but couldn’t make any contact. 5

West Ham United

Adrian San Miguel – only faced two shots on target all evening and neither made him sweat. 5

Sam Byram – got pushed back defensively midway through the first half, but made some bright attacking runs. 6
James Collins – an outstanding display. Made various crucial defensive headers and blocked everything that came his way. 10
Angelo Ogbonna – dominated Wright and as expected, he showed his European pedigree in a commanding performance. 8
Arthur Masuaku – he was bailed out by Rice on occasions in the first half and in the second, he could have given a penalty away for his alleged trip on Eisa. Didn’t offer any width, either. 3

Edimilson Fernandes – struggled with the physical side of the game and looked lost amid Cheltenham’s intensity. Should have contributed more. 4
Mark Noble – At times he controlled things with his smooth passing, as we saw in the lead-up to his assist for the opener. More often though the game passed him by, especially when it was played at a high-tempo. 4
Declan Rice – did some excellent work in the defensive third. Tidied up awkward situations with his intelligence and composure in possession, which relieved pressure. 8
Pedro Obiang – contributed to a couple of breakaway moments including the second goal, but he was too often on the periphery of the contest. 4

Diafra Sakho – scored the opener, played a good pass for the second goal and looked lively throughout. A positive night’s work. 8
Andre Ayew – doubled the Hammers’ lead shortly before the break and showed good movement all evening. Could have grabbed a brace with a decent effort on 70 minutes but it curled just wide. 7

Javier Hernandez (on 64) – Bilic may have brought him on as a message to his team to avoid complacency. Was unable to help his side completely kill off the tie. 5
Cheikhou Kouyate (on 73) – his strength in the tackle and battling qualities meant the midfield looked tougher in the closing stages. 7
Domingos Quina (on 88) – showed youthful exuberance and looked desperate to score, but didn’t have enough time to grab his goal. 6