West Ham player ratings away at Lusitanos: Starlet Lee marks full debut with goal but Sakho sees red

West Ham Dugout

Here's our player ratings for West Ham United after a 1-0 win at Andorran minnows FC Lusitanos sealed a 4-0 aggregate triumph in the Europa League.

West Ham are the first Premier League side to be back in competitive action after qualifying for Europe through the FIFA Fair Play rankings.

New West Ham boss Slaven Bilic travelled to the game to watch his side after being criticised by the Andorrans for a perceived lack of respect when he watched the first leg of this first qualifying round match from the stands last week.

In truth the tie was all but over as a contest after the first leg. But Diafra Sakho's 14th minute red card could have made life difficult for the east Londoners.

Their opposition were more interested in fouling the Hammers and surrounding the referee at every given opportunity, though, as Bilic's side did enough to ensure they got the job done without picking up any serious injuries.

The former Croatia boss will not learn a great deal about his team from tonight's performance but young striker Elliot Lee showed what he is capable of with a goal on his full debut.

Here are our player ratings for the east Londoners tonight.

GK: Randolph – 6

The Republic of Ireland 'keeper had his first shot to save of the entire tie in the 75th minute of the second leg, so it is hard to judge his performance in what is his second game for the Hammers. There was a hearts in mouths moment at 0-0 when Lusitanos' Dos Reis mishit a cross from the left which floated dangerously close to his near post but thankfully went the wrong side. He was beaten by a header in the 71st minute but the goal was ruled out for offside.

LB: Page – 7

Linked well with fellow Academy starlet Josh Cullen and Diego Poyet to keep the ball moving sharply in what was his second game after an impressive performance on his debut. Was not scared off the ball by the tough tackling and aggressive antics of the Andorrans. Supported Matt Jarvis well down the left.

CB: Tomkins – 8

Captain 'Tomka' looked as assured as usual and showed great focus to still be on his toes in injury time of the second leg to keep a clean sheet as he cleared one off the line. Could also have added to his tally with a few chances on goal.

CB: Oxford – 7

West Ham's youngest ever player got more valuable competitive first team minutes under his belt in a fiesty encounter. Had more to do than he bargained for after Sakho's sending off but fitted in well alongside Tomkins at the heart of the defence.

RB: O'Brien – 6

Veteran played his 100th game for the club and was that bit of experience West Ham needed in testing conditions before being replaced by youngster Reece Burke on 59 minutes with the tie well an truly won.

ML: Jarvis – 8

One of West Ham's best players for the second game in a row. Did his job by beating his man all ends up every time and getting balls into the box. Set up a host of chances for his teammates and provided the assist for Lee's game-winning strike.

MC: Poyet – 6

Not as influential as you would hope he would be against this standard of opposition but did link well with his teammates and kept the ball moving throughout.

MC: Cullen – 6

Didn't see too much in terms of goal threat from the skilful young midfielder on his full debut. Not helped by the ever slowing pace of the game, he was also booked in the second half. Was replaced with five minutes left for fellow academy player Amos Nasha.

MR: Amalfitano – 5

Didn't influence the match as you would expect someone of his experience and skill to do and got involved in too many spats. Ended up being booked in the second half and substituted on 76 minutes for youngster Djair Parfitt-Williams with the tie sewn up.

ST: Sakho – 3

While it is unclear exactly what went on it seems Sakho reacted to intense provocation from the Lusitanos players and was showed a straight red card after just 14 minutes. Thankfully it did not cost his side who were already cruising but it was not the start the Hammers wanted. Sakho looked bemused by the dismissal with a Lusitanos player lying in a heap.

With two goals to his name already from the first leg, the exciting striker has just 18 to go to hit his season target. He could well get a few of them here as he should have scored at least a hat-trick at home. He is so valuable to the Hammers, though, so expect to see him withdrawn around half-time depending on how things pan out.

ST: Lee – 9 STAR MAN

One start, one goal. Lee finally got the start he has yearned for and repaid Terry Westley's faith with a well taken goal on his full debut. After a couple of early sniffs Lee gave his side a big lift at the right time, scoring just seven minutes after strike partner Sakho was shown a straight red card. It was the culmination of a nice move from the Hammers which saw Jarvis flick the ball through to the young striker, who stood his man up before passing the ball into the bottom right hand corner. He celebrated wildly by kissing the West Ham badge and why not. Cue for comparisons to legend Tony Cottee.

SUBS: Spiegel (GK), Burke (6), Westley, Knoyle, Nasha (6), Parfitt-Williams (6), Brown.

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