West Ham's Kevin Nolan gets 3/10 - Was he that bad?

West Ham United's Kevin Nolan's poor form continued against Liverpool.

West Ham were predictably rolled over by Liverpool at Anfield, losing 4-1.

They certainly didn't help themselves, scoring two own goals and having a man sent off.

That man was midfielder Kevin Nolan, who has come in for criticism from his own fans for his poor form in recent games.

The reaction to his performance against Liverpool was so bad that The Mail awarded him just 3/10 for his efforts.

Obviously his 82nd minute red card clouded that somewhat, but was he quite that bad?

First up it's clear that Nolan, playing in his preferred advanced role, compared to the deeper one he played in against Palace - was not effective.

He did not muster a single shot, and did not create any goalscoring opportunities for the Hammers' increasingly blunt attack.

Add in a red card and that's a horrible mess for an attacking midfielder.

However there were some slight redeeming features for Nolan.

He completed 81 per cent of his passes - which was the highest percentage of any West Ham player, with George McCartney (76) and Mark Noble (75) closest.

Nolan also made three tackles and two interceptions, a statistic only bettered by Mohamed Diame.

Not totally useless then - but there is an opportunity heading Sam Allardyce's way. 

Nolan's three game ban means The Hammers will be forced to move on without him, and Ravel Morrison will have a chance to shine.

Who knows, Nolan may even come back from his ban refreshed and become an asset to the side again.

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