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Player Ratings: Luton Town 1-2 West Ham United

Luton Town fell to their third defeat of the season against in form West Ham United on Friday night, despite an improved performance. A revamped Kenilworth Road was rocking for its debut in the Premier League, but the Hammers proved too strong for Rob Edwards' side, leaving with all three points.

Jarrod Bowen put David Moyes' side in front midway through the first half, and Kurt Zouma seemed to take the game beyond the Hatters when he headed in a James Ward-Prowse corner just five minutes from time. However, Mads Andersen gave the Town hope when he headed home deep into stoppage time, before the Hatters were denied a clear penalty in the final seconds when VAR failed to spot a handball in the West Ham penalty area.

Player Ratings

Thomas Kaminski - 5.5

It's been a solid start to his Luton Town career for the Belgian, but he will be disappointed that he was unable to keep out Jarrod Bowen's close-range header. His kicking seemed a little wayward at times and he was often hesitant to come for crosses. Despite this, Kaminski is clearly a capable shot-stopper who will improve as he builds confidence.

Alfie Doughty - 7.5

Impressive display from the wingback, clearly with a point to prove to Rob Edwards after being left out of the starting XI for the opening games. Solid defensively at both left and right wingback as well as providing a dangerous attacking threat. His endless drive and running will be very important throughout the Town's survival bid.

Reece Burke - 6.5

Very important for the Town to keep Burke fit, another solid performance from the centre-back. Has the ability to drive forward as well as being reliable at the back. Coped well with the tricky Benrahma and limited the winger to very few openings.

Mads Andersen - 6.5

Clearly prefers playing in the centre of a back three and didn't do too much wrong replacing the injured Tom Lockyer. Marshalled Antonio well for the most part but was partly to blame for West Ham's second, losing his header to the powerful Zouma. Headed a consolation goal home deep in added time.

Amari'i Bell - 5.5

Another shaky performance for the ex-Blackburn man. In fairness he is coming up against some of the best wingers in the league, Sterling last week and Bowen this week, but is still struggling with the step up. Needs to improve under a high ball as he lost far too many headers throughout.

Ryan Giles - 6.5

Better showing from the wingback, found himself in some dangerous areas and crosses the ball at every opportunity. Looked more solid defensively, but still lost Bowen at the back post for West Ham's opener.

Marvellous Nakamba - 7.5

Usual tenacity and aggression from the Town midfielder, vital in stopping West Ham counter attacks. Does the simple stuff superbly well, winning the ball before releasing it to a more creative player. Sprayed the ball wide at times as well to keep attacks ticking for the Hatters.

Ross Barkley - 6

Barkley has undoubted technical ability, but is clearly not up to match fitness quite yet. Dragged an early shot wide and created a number of chances throughout, but was seemingly bypassed in transition and lost possession cheaply on occasions.

Tahith Chong - 6.5

Chong is very good at driving into space and making something happen with the time on the ball, but slightly lacks the physicality needed in the Premier League. Still, the ex-Manchester United midfielder put in a solid display, with very good work rate and effort levels.

Elijah Adebayo - 6.5

Difficult evening once again for the striker, up against top-class centre backs. Made a good fist of it however, as always leaving everything out on the pitch. His hold-up play has been impressive in the top flight, but the lack of goal threat is concerning. Doesn't quite have that confidence in the 18-yard box yet that is needed if Luton are going to survive.

Carlton Morris - 6

Frustrating game for the Town's talisman, he was dominated in the air and starved of opportunities. Had a solitary chance from six yards out, but fired over via a deflection. Managed to grab an assist for the Hatters' consolation goal but will be hoping for more chances next time out.

Cauley Woodrow, Chiedozie Ogbene and Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu - 6.5

Rob Edwards made his subs early and they certainly had a small impact as the Town pushed for an equaliser. Ogbene brought pace and power against tiring defenders whilst both Pelly and Woodrow got themselves involved late on, carving out a couple of opportunities for the Hatters.

Issa Kabore and Jacob Brown - 6

Both would have been disappointed not to start and produced solid displays when they came on.

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