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Vladimir Coufal disappoints on West Ham return vs Brentford

West Ham United slumped to their second Premier League defeat of the season as they were beaten by Yoane Wissa’s last-minute winner at the London Stadium.

David Moyes’ men looked to be settling for a point against Brentford after Jarrod Bowen fired a driven shot past the visiting goalkeeper in the 80th minute to cancel out Bryan Mbeumo’s fortuitous opener.

But the super substitute scored with the last kick of the game to hand the Bees all three points.

Plenty of the Irons’ key starters were simply not at the races on the afternoon, including Tomas Soucek, who had a ‘shocker’ according to the Evening Standard’s Jack Rosser, and veteran goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who was beaten far too easily for both goals.

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However, on his return from injury, Vladimir Coufal looked some way off it. Perhaps he was rushed back too soon. He looked leggy, he looked error-prone and he was just not at his usually impressive high standard, at both ends of the pitch.

The Czech Republic right-back was well-beaten in the air by Pontus Jansson, who saw his header glance into the path of the goalscoring Wissa.

Earning a 6.7 rating on SofaScore, the 29-year-old defender was rather wasteful with the ball, managing only 23 passes at a success rate of just 55% – the worst of any outfield player – and he lost possession a match-high 29 times.

It meant he lost the ball every three minutes and once every 2.4 touches (71 total).

In attack, Coufal managed just one accurate cross from eight attempts, whilst he failed to make a single long ball from eight attempts, meaning Michail Antonio had very little to feed off, so you can forgive the 31-year-old talisman for looking quieter than usual.

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Elsewhere, the £18m-rated dynamo committed two fouls, handing the game back to the Bees even more, and managed just one tackle and no interceptions or blocks either. graded his performance a 5/10, which was amongst some of the lowest ratings in the squad for this encounter.

As a player that has averaged 2.1 tackles and 1.3 key passes per game this campaign, via WhoScored, it’s evident that Coufal was some way off his usual performance level.

He was one of several Hammers players to severely let his manager down as they slipped down to ninth in the table.

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