David Moyes set his side up to be hard to break down whilst posing a threat on the counter, however, whilst the former proved to be true for the most part, the Irons posed next to nothing in an attacking sense.
That all changed when Craig Dawson headed into his own net from a corner and West Ham were forced to play a more attacking brand of football, almost finding a way back into the contest.
Despite the poor result denting Champions League hopes, Irons were impressed with one man – Issa Diop.
The French centre-back made three clearances, blocked two efforts on goal, won four tackles and won his only aerially duel (Sofascore).
That performance gave many Hammers something to praise on an otherwise disappointing night…
Diop has started strongly over on that far side made a couple of crucial interceptions and he’s looking to play out too.
— Khaleem Azam (@AzamWHUFC) March 14, 2021
Diop was our best imo
— Maddox Professional OSU Hater (@ItsMaddog0607) March 14, 2021
— TheRealHammers (@RealHammers) March 14, 2021
Diop having a solid game good lad
— jay (@JayWHU_) March 14, 2021
Dawson and Diop have been good so far
— From The Anvil ⚒ (@FromTheAnvilWHU) March 14, 2021