Watford 1-2 Chelsea: Player ratings as Blues edge Hornets after medical emergency

A disjointed Chelsea side secured a hard-fought victory over Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night, in a match that was suspended for 35 minutes after a supporter suffered a cardiac arrest in the stands.

Watford started the match on the front foot and came close to taking the lead twice in the opening five minutes. First, Joao Pedro saw his low goal-bound shot blocked by Trevoh Chalobah, before Edouard Mendy was forced into an excellent save after Cesar Azpilicueta inadvertently deflected a cross towards his own goal.

However, the match was halted in the 11th minute when it became clear a medical emergency was unfolding in the stands. The players were taken off the field and the match was suspended as a supporter received CPR from paramedics after a cardiac arrest.

Thankfully the man was stabilised after half an hour and was taken to hospital before play resumed following a five-minute warm-up.

Watford continued where they left off, but almost went behind against the run of play as Mason Mount thumped the outside of the post. On the half-hour mark, the England international was on the scoresheet, firing into the bottom corner after a good move involving Marcos Alonso and Kai Havertz.

The hosts did not let their heads drop though, with Danny Rose’s half-volley forcing another good save from Mendy before the equaliser arrived shortly before half-time.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was dispossessed in the middle of the park by Moussa Sissoko, who drove forward and fed Emmanuel Dennis, whose shot squeezed through Antonio Rudiger’s legs and into the bottom corner.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, although Watford were unable to maintain their intensity and create as many chances.

Chelsea capitalised, snatching the lead with just over 15 minutes remaining. Mount did extremely well to reach the byline, before cutting it back for substitute Hakim Ziyech to fire into the roof of the net.

The Moroccan should have had a second shortly afterwards, but he headed straight at Daniel Bachmann after Havertz delivered a fine cross.

Watford huffed and puffed but never created a clear-cut chance to equalise. Juraj Kucka stung Mendy’s fingertips with a long-range free kick in stoppage time, but that was as good as it got.

Here’s how the players rated…

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Troost-Ekong was booked for clattering Mount / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Daniel Bachmann (GK) – 6/10 – Got a hand to Mount’s strike, but couldn’t keep it out. No chance for Ziyech’s goal.

Kiko Femenia (RB) – 6/10 – Defensively sound, although probably didn’t get forward as much as he’d have liked.

Craig Cathcart (CB) – 7/10 – So watchful at the back, keeping Havertz shackled for the most part.

William Troost-Ekong (CB) – 6/10 – Booked for a very heavy foul on Mount. Lucky to escape a second yellow for easing Christian Pulisic into the advertising hoardings.

Adam Masina (LB) – N/A – Injured inside ten minutes and forced off just as it became clear a medical emergency was unfolding.

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Sissoko had a fine game / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Imran Louza (DM) – 7/10 – Very tidy operator. Technically the best centre-midfielder on the field in the first half. Faded after the break and eventually subbed.

Moussa Sissoko (CM) – 8/10 – Bossed Saul and Loftus-Cheek, who were there for the taking in all honesty. Brilliant tackle and assist for the leveller.

Tom Cleverley (CM) – 6/10 – Less influential than his central colleagues, but did the dirty work reasonably well.

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Dennis celebrates his strike / ADRIAN DENNIS/GettyImages

Emmanuel Dennis (RW) – 8/10 – Bang in form. Worked hard down the flank and used his physicality so well. Squeezed the ball through Rudiger and into the corner to equalise.

Josh King (ST) – 5/10 – Peripheral compared to some of his teammates.

Joao Pedro (LW) – 6/10 – So close to opening the scoring in the opening exchanges, but denied by Chalobah’s block. Quiet night otherwise.

Danny Rose (LB) – 7/10 – Introduced for Masina. Got straight up with the pace of the game and bit into the tackle. Drew a good save with a driven half-volley.

Juraj Kucka (CM) – 6/10 – Stung Mendy’s fingertips with a free kick from long-range.

Jeremy Ngakia (RB) – N/A

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Rudiger allowed Dennis’ shot between his legs / ADRIAN DENNIS/GettyImages

Edouard Mendy (GK) – 8/10 – Made an excellent save five minutes in after Azpilicueta inadvertently diverted a cross towards his own goal. Further top saves from Rose and Kucka.

Trevoh Chalobah (CB) – 6/10 – Superb early block to keep out Pedro’s low goal-bound effort. Looked nervy in possession, though. Moved into the midfield after the break but forced off after hurting his hamstring just before the hour mark.

Andreas Christensen (CB) – 6/10 – Just about kept his cool in possession, but struggled a bit with the physical battle.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) – 6/10 – Didn’t deal particularly well with Watford’s early pressing. Not great 1v1 defending for the equaliser.

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Alonso was involved in the game / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Cesar Azpilicueta (RWB) – 6/10 – Nowhere near the influence of Reece James but did his defensive job. Quiet night before being subbed.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CM) – 5/10 – Unable to get any sort of grip on the game amid Watford’s relentless pressing. Did deliciously chapêau a defender and drew a foul.

Saul Niguez (CM) – 4/10 – Booked for a trip on Dennis. Laboured, often losing the physical battle. Hooked at half-time again, although it could easily have been Loftus-Cheek.

Marcos Alonso (LWB) – 6/10 – Struggled as he was penned in in the first period. Excellent run for the opener. Booked.

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Mason Mount celebrates his goal / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Mason Mount (RF) – 8/10 – Very close to opening the scoring against the run of play, thumping the outside of the post. The one player who matched Watford’s intensity, popping up to thump home the opener. Wonderful assist for Ziyech to make it 2-1.

Kai Havertz (CF) – 7/10 – Some nice touches and a neat assist for Mount – although he could have shot himself. Brilliant turn and low cross after half-time, but no-one in the middle. A long, languid run led to a save from Bachmann.

Christian Pulisic (LF) – 6/10 – Loose in possession in the nervy opening exchanges. Moved to wing-back and chipped in defensively.

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Ziyech was the match-winner / ADRIAN DENNIS/GettyImages

Thiago Silva (CB) – 7/10 – On for Saul at the break as Chelsea reshuffled. Showed his worth off the bench.

Hakim Ziyech (RF) – 7/10 – Booked and misplaced a couple of passes horribly. Quality when it mattered though, producing an emphatic finish to restore the lead.

Romelu Lukaku (ST) – 6/10 – Hold-up play wasn’t quite what it usually is.

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Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City: Player ratings as Cityzens earn hard-fought victory

Goals from Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva were enough for Manchester City to overcome Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday night.

The victory keeps the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea, who beat Watford 2-1 on the same night.

The visitors’ domination was staggering from the outset and eventually told on 27 minutes, when they broke the deadlock through an unlikely source. Raheem Sterling’s pull-back worked its way to Dias on the edge of the area, before the centre-back provided a delicious finish into the near corner.

Pep Guardiola’s men doubled their advantage just before the break, courtesy of an inch-perfect counter attack. Released down the right flank by Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus showed no hesitation to loft the ball into the path of Silva, who sensationally volleyed home past a helpless Emi Martinez.

The hosts didn’t lie down, however, and came out fighting after the interval. Within 90 seconds of the restart, Ollie Watkins had finished brilliantly at Ederson’s near post to convert Douglas Luiz’s corner.

The Villans grew into proceedings and visibly became more confident after notching that goal. Indeed, it was Steven Gerrard’s side that came closest to grabbing a fourth goal of the night with 15 minutes remaining. Carney Chukwuemeka found himself through on goal courtesy of Emi Buendia’s ball around the corner, only to be thwarted by the onrushing Ederson.

The City rearguard stood firm to the late Villa pressure, eventually earning a 2-1 win that keeps them within a point of Chelsea at the summit of the table, while Gerrard’s side remain in 13th place.

Here’s how the players rated at Villa Park.

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A tough night for Matty Cash, but he fared pretty well / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Emi Martinez (GK) – 5/10 – Might feel aggrieved to have not done better for the first, but had no prayer of keeping out the second.

Matty Cash (RB) – 6/10 –
Always quick to get out to his man and did well to register six ball recoveries, although was largely overwhelmed by Sterling.

Ezri Konsa (CB) – 6/10 –
Showed some nice composure in possession and was alive to the danger for large parts, but was fairly powerless to the onslaught of attacking genius.

Tyrone Mings (CB) – 7/10 –
Pretty stoic defending in the face of such incessant pressure, holding strong while under the cosh to make eight interventions.

Matt Targett (LB) – 5/10 –
Grew into the game and gradually managed to cope better with the threat of Riyad Mahrez, although failed to provide any support upfield.

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John McGinn tries to shake off Raheem Sterling / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Douglas Luiz (CM) – 7/10 – Got through a fair bit of running, attempting to plug gaps where necessary, and demonstrated a nice passing range, playing five key passes – including the assist for Watkins’ strike.

Marvelous Nakamba (CM) – 6/10 – Livened up after the break and started pressing much more aggressively to replicate the sort of energy he’s showed in recent weeks, eventually really disrupting City’s play and managing five tackles.

John McGinn (CM) – 6/10 – A typically tenacious display, scurrying around to limit the visitors’ time on the ball.

Emi Buendia (RW) – 5/10 – Had some nice touches on the ball when Villa aimed to break upfield, but his general build-up play often wasn’t good enough.

Ollie Watkins (ST) – 7/10 –
Really good ‘number nine’ play whenever his colleagues could get the ball that far up the pitch. Drew fouls, brought others into play and dragged his side forward, getting his reward with a fantastic goal.

Leon Bailey (LW) – 4/10 – Never really got into the game before being forced off after half an hour with what looked like a hamstring problem.

Ashley Young (LW) – 5/10 – Didn’t have a massive impact on proceedings but did a valiant job when moved to left-back.

Carney Chukwuemeka (RW) – 5/10 – Really should have equalised late on, but failed to beat Ederson in a one-on-one situation.

Morgan Sanson (CM) – N/A

Ederson (GK) – 7/10 – Had no chance of keeping Watkins’ strike out but made a pivotal stop from Chukwuemeka with 15 minutes to go.

Joao Cancelo (RB) – 7/10 –
This right-back definitely plays better at left-back. Still put in a delightful performance, if not as influential.

Ruben Dias (CB) – 8/10 – Fantastic finish to put City ahead in the first half and was as solid as you’d expect at the other end.

Nathan Ake (CB) – 7/10 –
Had to remain alert to make a couple of vital interventions at dangerous moments, but really didn’t have too much to do.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 7/10 –
Provided some key cover at times, registering four ball recoveries, and contributed to build-up play well, playing some nice progressive balls and managing one key pass.

Fernandinho (CM) – 8/10 – Showed his experience to make breaking up play and disrupting the opposition’s flow look as easy as anything. Distributed possession so efficiently, too, notably playing a huge part in his side’s second.

Rodri (CM) – 8/10 – Impenetrable when covering his defensive colleagues from opposition counter attacks, making five ball recoveries.

Bernardo Silva (CM) – 9/10 – Absolutely superlative. Glided around the turf as if in a training session, elegantly strutting his stuff between midfield and attack. Linked and created things effortlessly, and topped off his outing with a phenomenal first-time volley to make it 2-0.

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Gabriel Jesus did well to assist Bernardo Silva for Manchester City’s second / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Riyad Mahrez (RW) – 6/10 – Great alertness to his surroundings in such congested areas, worrying his opposition with some characteristically neat touches in the final third.

Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 7/10 –
Floated around nicely throughout, causing huge problems with his fluidity. Linked with colleagues seamlessly and got an assist that screamed confidence for Silva’s strike.

Raheem Sterling (LW) – 8/10 – Had the beating of his man throughout, looking razor sharp with some brilliant footwork and creativity. Grabbed the assist for his side’s opener – one of five key passes he managed on the night.

Jack Grealish (LW) – N/A

Everton 1-4 Liverpool: Player ratings as Salah double sinks sorry Toffees

Everton fell to their sixth defeat in seven games as Liverpool trampled over their city rivals en route to a comfortable 4-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night.

Liverpool bludgeoned Everton from the first whistle. Inside the opening ten minutes Jurgen Klopp’s voracious Reds carved out no fewer than four painfully clear cut chances. Given the chasm in quality between the sides, the only surprise was that Liverpool converted just one of them.

Jordan Henderson began and concluded a sweeping move to break the deadlock in the ninth minute. Spraying the ball to Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson hared forward on the overlap, cutting a pass back to his captain to delicately curl a sumptuous left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

With their collective boot pressed firmly on the throttle, Liverpool scarcely let Everton out of their half.

Henderson went from scorer to provider, knocking a pass into a gaping ocean of space down the right hand side which Mohamed Salah gleefully bounded onto. Having already squandered two early sights of goal the Premier League’s top scorer needed just a pair of touches to clinically finish off a crisp counter attack 20 minutes in.

With the threat of a hiding to forget on the horizon, patches of Everton fans were pictured trickling out of the stands far too early to innocently get a jump on the half-time refreshments.

That pessimistic minority missed Demarai Gray slotting the ball between Alisson’s legs in the 38th-minute, swiftly gathering in Richarlison’s punched pass to score with just Everton’s third shot of the match.

Gray’s goal managed to stem the flow in a first half that was threatening to completely get away from Everton, but ended with the Toffees arguably in the ascendency. However, Liverpool, amid one or two faint flutters, largely controlled proceedings.

With the rest of his teammates forward for an Everton corner, Seamus Coleman took a heavy first touch inside the centre circle – which may as well have been blood in the water with Salah sniffing around.

Liverpool’s electric number 11 shrugged the Toffee captain off the ball before leaving him haplessly trailing in his wake. Within the blink of an eye, Salah had eaten up half the length of pitch and rolled in Liverpool’s third of the night shortly after the hour mark.

Diogo Jota compounded Everton’s woes as the game approached its final ten minutes, spinning past Allan effortlessly inside the penalty area before spanking in Liverpool’s 43rd league goal of the campaign already.

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Seamus Coleman (left) was the only Everton player to have ever beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park before the game / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Jordan Pickford (GK) – 5/10 – Left helpless in the face of Liverpool’s razor-sharp finishing, the England number one did prevent the tally totting up rapidly in the opening exchanges.

Seamus Coleman (RB) – 3/10 – Not done any favours by Gray’s hip-high pass but left red-faced for Salah’s second.

Ben Godfrey (CB) – 4/10 – Clumsily robbed of possession and horribly out of position for Liverpool’s second.

Michael Keane (CB) – 4/10 – Unable to offer much in an attempt to rebuff Liverpool’s advances.

Lucas Digne (LB) – 4/10 – Offered a threat going forward but had a flood of chances mercilessly funnelled down his flank.

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Demarai Gray’s goal stemmed the flow of a first half that was threatening to run away from the hosts / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Andros Townsend (RM) – 4/10 – Did attempt to aid his captain with Liverpool’s onslaught down the flanks but was often present rather than proactive.

Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) – 5/10 – Grew into the game, as Everton did, which was hardly coincidental.

Allan (CM) – 4/10 – Swamped in a midfield tussle that left him outnumbered from the off.

Demarai Gray (LM) – 6/10 – Everton’s brightest spark posed a sporadic problem for Liverpool’s marauding fullback.

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Richarlison made his return from a suspension against Brentford last weekend / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Salomon Rondon (ST) – 6/10 – Could scarcely be faulted for his work rate of the ball, though left something to be desired when in possession before hobbling off.

Richarlison (ST) – 5/10 – Composed when delivering the assist for Gray but snatched at the brief flashes of the goal he was afforded.

Anthony Gordon (LM) – N/A

Fabian Delph (CM) – N/A

Cenk Tosun (ST) – N/A

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Alisson conceded his first goal after a trio of consecutive clean sheets / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Alisson (GK) – 5/10 – Failed to rebuff one of the few shots on target Everton could muster but largely untroubled elsewhere.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – 7/10 – Superb as ever in the attacking phase, the 23-year-old was sharp on the cover in his own area as well.

Joel Matip (CB) – 6/10 – May very well have opened the scoring after a matter of seconds, but his header from a corner skidded off his eyebrows and wide.

Virgil van Dijk (CB) – 6/10 – On his return to the ground where his 2020/21 campaign was cut short, Van Dijk was unusually caught in two minds for Gray’s goal.

Andy Robertson (LB) – 7/10 – Bounding forward to devastating effect as he dovetailed devilishly with Sadio Mane.

Jordan Henderson (CM) – 8/10 – Knitting play together down Liverpool’s dominant right flank, the Reds skipper was superb on derby day.

Fabinho (CM) – 8/10 – Mopping up when Matip went for a wander on more than one occasion.

Thiago Alcantara (CM) – 7/10 – Imbuing a cool sense of control every time he had the ball, inevitably under his studs.

Mohamed Salah (RW) – 8/10 – With a goal or assist in his last 12 consecutive league games, Salah’s brilliance is threatening to become normalised.

Diogo Jota (ST) – 7/10 – Skirting around the fringes for much of the contest, Jota very much left the game with his stamp firmly planted on the match.

Sadio Mane (LW) – 7/10 – A perennial nuisance without quite troubling the scoresheet directly.

James Milner (CM) – N/A

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CM) – N/A

West Ham 1-1 Brighton: Player ratings as Neal Maupay rescues last-gasp point

Neal Maupay’s spectacular late overhead kick earned Brighton a 1-1 draw at West Ham in a closely contested game at London Stadium.

The Frenchman had missed a glorious chance early on for the Seagulls, but made amends with just a minute of regular time remaining, hooking Tariq Lamptey’s cross home acrobatically to leave Lukasz Fabianski stranded in the West Ham goal.

The Hammers had taken the lead after Maupay’s early miss when Tomas Soucek rose highest at the near post to glance home Pablo Fornals’ superb set piece, ending a run of 18 games without a goal.

West Ham’s advantage could have been doubled before the half-hour mark, but Vladimir Coufal’s shot from outside the box was dealt with well by Robert Sanchez. Fornals then crashed a rasping volley against the crossbar, with the Spanish goalkeeper a mere spectator.

Brighton were very much in the game though and had a great chance to equalise just before half-time. Neat interplay eventually opened up a glorious chance for Jakub Moder, but his fierce drive from close range was superbly turned away by Fabianski’s feet.

From the resulting corner, Brighton captain Lewis Dunk planted a free header wide of the post – when he really should have troubled Fabianski at the very least.

The second half saw Brighton begin to dominate the ball and territory, but Graham Potter’s side – in a tale that is becoming too familiar – failed to fashion any real clear-cut chances.

Instead, it was West Ham who could have doubled their advantage, with another goal from a corner chalked off by VAR because of an offside. Sanchez then did well to deny efforts from Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen, and those saves proved to be crucial.

With just a minute left on the clock, substitute Lamptey found space on the right side and his precise cross was hooked superbly into the top corner by Maupay – who had looked bereft of confidence in front of goal earlier in the piece.

West Ham pushed for a winner in six minutes of added time, but Brighton held on to register a sixth successive draw between the two teams.

Here’s how both sets of players rated…

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Coufal marked his return to the side with a solid display / Julian Finney/GettyImages

GK: Lukasz Fabianski – 7/10 – Terrific reflex save to deny Moder towards the end of the first half. Back at the top of his game.

RB: Vladimir Coufal – 7/10 – Looked like he’d never been away. A constant outlet going forward on the overlap and intelligent with his defensive positioning.

CB: Craig Dawson – 6/10 – Decision making at the back can be questionable but was well disciplined on the whole. Had to concentrate for large periods as West Ham dropped deep.

CB: Kurt Zouma – 7/10 – The deepest of West Ham’s defenders, trying to match any run that Maupay looked to make. Commanding with a number of tackles and clearances.

LB: Ben Johnson – 6/10 – Shoved over to the left to cover for the injured Aaron Cresswell. Not as effective but still a decent outing.

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Pablo Fornals hitting the crossbar / Julian Finney/GettyImages

CM: Declan Rice – 7/10 – Didn’t see as much of the ball as he would have liked, but was elegant and purposeful when he strode forward. Clocked up the miles as usual.

CM: Tomas Soucek – 7/10 – Confidence boosting goal early doors, flicking in the excellent Fornals’ corner at the near post. Resolute in midfield as Brighton dominated possession.

CM: Pablo Fornals – 8/10 – A real bright spark in the first 45 minutes, curling a superb set-piece onto Soucek’s head before smashing the crossbar with a rocket of a volley. Maintained his intensity throughout.

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Jarrod Bowen fired just wide / Julian Finney/GettyImages

RW: Jarrod Bowen – 6/10 – A threat on the counter, both cutting inside and darting to the byline. Fired just wide with his weak foot midway through the second half.

ST: Michail Antonio – 6/10 – West Ham’s physicality unsettled Brighton’s backline, yet Antonio’s contribution was actually fairly minimal compared to what we’re used to.

LW: Said Benrahma – 5/10 – It just isn’t really happening for Benrahma at the moment in an attacking sense. Stuck to his task though and worked extremely hard – something Moyes has recently praised him for.

Arthur Masuaku (76′) – 6/10 – A bright cameo.

Manuel Lanzini (76′) – 6/10 – Looked lively and may earn a start ahead of Benrahma next time out.

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Sanchez could do nothing to prevent Soucek’s goal / IAN KINGTON/GettyImages

GK: Robert Sanchez – 7/10 – Made a couple of superb saves late on, which turned out to be crucial.

RB: Joel Veltman (RB) – 6/10 – Saw plenty of the ball as Brighton tried to get back into the game. Subbed for Lamptey who ended up making the difference.

CB: Adam Webster (CB) – 6/10 – Lasted just over half an hour before succumbing to a calf injury.

CB: Lewis Dunk (CB) – 7/10 – Should have troubled Fabianski with a free header, but couldn’t fault his application in defence. A real leader.

LB: Marc Cucurella (LB) – 6/10 – Smart in possession and kept Bowen quiet for the most part.

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Moder was industrious for Brighton / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Jakub Moder (CM) – 7/10 – A really promising performance from Moder. Can play a number of positions well and did himself justice in the centre of the park against a dynamic duo in Soucek and Rice.

Yves Bissouma (CM) – 6/10 – A decent showing from Bissouma ahead of the January transfer window. Will anyone take a punt on him? Perhaps not because of this performance but he’s a real talent…

Adam Lallana (CM) – 6/10 – Showed his experience to break up play and help Brighton break through the lines. Off injured again late on.

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Maupay’s late goal rescued a well-earned point / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Jeremy Sarmiento (RW) – N/A – Had tears in his eyes after his first Premier League start was cut short by an injury in the opening 10 minutes.

Neal Maupay (ST) – 6/10 – Missed a glorious chance just a couple of minutes in, which he would undoubtedly have been rueing as West Ham then immediately scored. Then, out of nothing, fashioned a terrific equaliser.

Leandro Trossard (LW) – 6/10 – Brighton’s most creative player saw plenty of the ball, yeh he rarely troubled West Ham’s defence.

Solly March (13′) – 6/10 – Introduced early doors as Sarmiento hobbled off injured. Did well as Brighton dominated the ball.

Shane Duffy (36′) – 6/10 – Puffed his cheeks out with a huge sigh of relief after his own goal from a set piece was scrubbed for offside.

Tariq Lamptey (70′) – 7/10 – Came on to inject more life into Brighton for the final 20 minutes and did just that. Precise cross led to Maupay’s goal.

Southampton 2-2 Leicester: Player ratings as James Maddison earns a point for the Foxes

From St. Mary’s Stadium – Leicester came from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw with Southampton on Wednesday night.

James Maddison was pivotal for the visitors, creating one of their goals and scoring the other to cancel out strikes from Jan Bednarek and Che Adams.

The hosts got off to a dream start when, inside three minutes, Mohammed Salisu’s effort following a clever corner routine was palmed into danger by Kasper Schmeichel and Jan Bednarek was able to bundle home.

Leicester were rattled by this early blow but responded well. After great work from Maddison on the right he found Ademola Lookman in the box who offloaded to Wilfred Ndidi. Although the Nigerian’s initial effort was saved, Jonny Evans was there to thump home the equaliser.

In what was a rollercoaster first half, Saints then poked their noses back in front just after the half-hour mark. Adams was the scorer, nodding Nathan Redmond’s pinpoint cross past Schmeichel.

Leicester came out strong after the break and they levelled up the scores less than five minutes into the second half when Maddison showed wondrous close control, before firing an effort home.

The Foxes though they had a third goal midway through the second period when Harvey Barnes burst through, only to see his shot saved brilliantly by Alex McCarthy. Leicester had an even better chance soon after, with Vardy firing well over after being set free beyond the Saints’ defence.

The Foxes were made to rue their wastefulness as they would not get another opportunity as presentable to go ahead before the final whistle was blown.

Here is how both sets of players rated…

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Bednarek got his side off to the perfect start / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Alex McCarthy (GK) – 7/10 – Made a stupidly good save to deny Barnes. Dealt with crosses very well too.

Tino Livramento (RB) – 5/10 – Some moments of magic, but also some naivety.

Jan Bednarek (CB) – 6/10 – Not always the most conventional technique, but he got the job done most of the time. This, as it happens, is a great description of his finish for the opener too.

Mohammed Salisu (CB) – 6/10 – Created the goal and oozed confidence early on before struggling to deal with the Leicester charge.

Kyle Walker-Peters (LB) – 5/10 – Hit and miss. Occasionally he gave the ball up cheaply.

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Redmond was never shy to get stuck in / GLYN KIRK/GettyImages

Nathan Tella (RM) – 4/10 – Finishing, approach play and passing were very bad. Did okay out of possession.

Oriol Romeu (CM) – 7/10 – A real competitor. Chipped in with some biting tackles and made it really hard for Ndidi and Soumare in the first half.

James Ward-Prowse (CM) – 5/10 – Lots of hustle and bustle. Did not get on the ball enough at times.

Nathan Redmond (LM) – 6/10 – Full of aggression and bite – too much sometimes. Created the second goal with a great cross and caught the eye with some lovely flicks.

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Armstrong was not the best player on the park / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Adam Armstrong (ST) – 5/10 – Consistently made the wrong decision in the final third. Often slowed Saints’ counters down but did carve out a few opportunities.

Che Adams (ST) – 7/10 – Not the most attractive finish, but a well taken goal nonetheless. Great work rate.

Armando Broja (ST) – 5/10 – Very raw still.

Mohammed Elyounoussi (RM) – 6/10.

Lyanco (CB) – N/A

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Evans seemed to enjoy a rare goal / Robin Jones/GettyImages

Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 5/10 – Maybe could have held the first goal but little chance for the second. Kicking was not good.

Timothy Castagne (RB) – 6/10 – Such a steady performer. A few moments going forward too.

Jonny Evans (CB) – 6/10 – His lack of pace was exposed at times but he’s still so composed on the ball.

Caglar Soyuncu (CB) – 6/10 – Clearly rocked by the early goal but settled into the game as things progressed.

Luke Thomas (LB) – 6/10 – Another calm display that defied his tender years. Perhaps needs to start offering a bit more on the ball.

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Sublime from Maddison / Michael Steele/GettyImages

Wilfred Ndidi (CM) – 5/10 – Seriously shaky start. Clumsy in possession and needed to be more positive in his passing.

Boubakary Soumare (CM) – 5/10 – Misplaced a lot of his passes but did set Lookman through with one excellent ball. Subbed at the break, though he has played a lot of football recently.

James Maddison (AM) – 8/10 – His revival continues. Popped up on the left and right and was his side’s only serious creative outlet. His goal was the moment of the match.

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Lookman failed to build on a good display at the weekend / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Ademola Lookman (RW) – 5/10 – Enjoyed more space than any other forward on the pitch, but rarely if ever made the most of it.

Jamie Vardy (ST) – 4/10 – Missed a gilt-edged opportunity at a vital time. Not like him.

Harvey Barnes (LW) – 5/10 – Did not manage to get into the game, which is happening a bit too much this season.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (CM) – 7/10 – Positive when he came on. Booked.

Ayoze Perez (RW) – 6/10 – Some good touches and forced a save from McCarthy late on.

Patson Daka (ST) – N/A

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