West Ham v Tottenham: Player ratings

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Tottenham pulled off a smash and grab raid to claim a late 1-0 win over London rivals West Ham on the first day of the season at Upton Park.

Mark Noble could have put the home side ahead from the spot but rolled his effort wide, while Stewart Downing was denied by an excellent save from Hugo Loris. Both teams were reduced to 10 men, first Spurs when Naughton was sent off for handling in the area, while James Collins followed him off the pitch in the second half.

Find out how the players rated below!

West Ham

Adrian: 7 - Had very little to do except pick the ball out of the net. Dealt with the threat of Adebayor well.

Aaron Cresswell: 8 - A strong debut for the full-back. He looked accomplished at this level and got forward well indeed. Man of the match.

Joey O'Brien: 5 - Somewhat anonymous until he was hooked in the second half. Didn't do much wrong, but didn't make himself stand out. Substituted.

James Collins: 5 - Sent off for a second bookable offence against Adebayor, but the first yellow for a foul on Lamela was the killer. Had been an aerial threat until then.

Winston Reid: 7 - A strong performance. Spurs tried to pick the lock but couldn't and that was largely down to this man.

Mark Noble: 6 - He'll have nightmares about that penalty for years to come. Aside from that he dropped deep to try and get his side moving but rather then speeding things up seemed to have the opposite effect. 

Cheikhou Kouyate: 7 - Another strong showing from a debutant, the former Anderlecht man did the dirty work in midfield well and when called upon did his duty in defence. Could have scored as well.

Stewart Downing: 8 - West Ham's biggest threat throughout the game. Gave Danny Rose a torrid time and delivered quality time after time. Almost scored, and probably should have done too.

Ricardo Vaz Te: 6 - Did what was asked of him; offered cover for Cresswell and tried to help out going forward. Perhaps should have done better when the ball fell to his feet in the box in the first half. Substituted. 

Kevin Nolan: 6 - A bits and pieces performance from Nolan. Came to life late on in the first half but offered little else. Won the penalty but was lucky not to be the man replaced when his side were chasing a winner.

Carlton Cole: 6 - He tried. That's about all you can say really - although that wasn't his fault as he was left isolated for large periods of the game.

West Ham subs: Demel: 6, Diame: 5, Valencia: 5


Hugo Loris: 8 - Produced a brilliant save from Downing in the second half and did pretty much everything else well, too. Distribution a bit iffy, mind.

Kyle Naughton: 4 - Sent off somewhat harshly in the first half after giving away a penalty. Competent up until then.

Danny Rose: 6 - Had a nightmare dealing with Downing, although grew into the game in the second half. The jury's still out on the England man.

Younes Kaboul: 6 - Seemed off the pace at times and was caught on the ball, but got the better of Carlton Cole in the air and was part of a makshift defence that kept a clean sheet, so there can't be too many complaints.

Eric Dier: 7 - A day for the former Sporting Lisbon man to cherish. Looked comfortable at centre-back and got forward well for a man his size at right-back, before popping up with the match winner.

Etienne Capoue : 7 - A strong performance from a man who wasn't much fancied last season. Broke up play nicely in midfield and held strong at the back after Naughton's red card.

Nabil Bentaleb: 7 - A very efficient performance from the Algerian, although he could have done more to influence the game. A smart passer of the ball with good energy, although he didn't forge an instant relationship with Capoue.

Aaron Lennon: 6 - A little anonymous. Seems to fit the Pochettino mould because of his work-rate, but never really got at his opponent to try and get beyond the defensive line. Substituted.

Erik Lamela: 6 - The lord loves a trier, and Lamela worked his socks off. He demanded the ball regularly and tried to impress, but nor everything he did came off. Plenty more days for the Argentine to shine though. Substituted.

Christian Eriksen: 8 - Spurs' best player. He took up clever positions and tried to pull the string. Everything Spurs did well came through the Dane. Faded a little late on though.

Emmanuel Adebayor: 6 - Should have worked harder when Spurs were a man down. His hold up play was only average and he could have linked up better with his team-mates. Didn't threaten goal either. Substituted. 

Subs: Holtby: 5, Townsend: 6, Kane, 6

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