West Ham ratings: Fornals, Rice on song as Hammers seal European berth


wo goals in three minutes secured West Ham a top-six finish and Europa League football on the final day of the season.

Visitors Southampton should have been well clear inside the opening 30 minutes with Takumi Minamino chipping wide after a fine break and Kyle Walker-Peters having two efforts denied by the returning Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham had rode their luck slightly, and then took advantage. Jarrod Bowen showed a fine touch to lift the ball over the Southampton backline and force a save from Alex McCarthy, who parried into the path of Pablo Fornals.

The Spaniard’s effort clipped off Walker-Peters and in. Three minutes later, Fornals had his second – a fine first-time finish from Vladimir Coufal’s low cross.

Southampton offered little from then on, meaning David Moyes’s side had no need to go chasing a result. They looked to be coasting to the top six when Fornals sent Declan Rice down the left. The England international charged through and showed great composure to finish past McCarthy.

Here is how Jack Rosser rated the Hammers’ performance on the final day…

Passed a late fitness test to start and made two important stops from Walker-Peters while the game was goalless.

Simply never stops. Raced up and down the right flank just as he has all season and delivered a clever cross for Fornals’ second.

Another solid display from the no-nonsense centre-back. After a rocky start, Southampton were quiet going forward.

A composed leader at the back and ensured Danny Ings had very little impact on the game throughout.

Kept the energetic Stuart Armstrong in check for the most part, capping a fantastic season for the full-back.

Showed superb composure after charging down the left to finish for the third goal. Not so sure about the celebration.

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