Cresswell’s first wins it …but more Zarate please

Cresswell goalby Hugh Southon


West Ham 1 (Cresswell) Newcastle United 0

Aaron Cresswell scored his first goal in a Hammers shirt to set the team back on winning ways.

And after failing to win their last three games the victory came as sweet relief for the Upton Park army who were treated to a decent second half after a dreary first 45 minutes.

Interestingly, on a day when Sam Allardyce opted to go with Andy Carroll in a lone striker role, the goal came from the great ‘to feet’ football which has been a feature of the team’s displays this season.

It came in the 56th minute when Downing played a neat ball to Kouyate, who slipped it on for the left back to fire home before wheeling away in celebration.

Allardyce had oped to play Carroll up top with Morgan Amafitano seemingly his “partner” ¬†in a dull first half but that didn’t work at all and it wasn’t until the two full backs Jenkinson and Cresswell pushed on after the interval that the team gathered some real impetus.

And the long-awaited 70th minute arrival of Mauro Zarate changed things for the better again as the little Argentine played several defence splitting passes.

If there was a criticism it was the long delayed arrival of a player with real flair and imagination – he has to get more game time!

He could have had a goal of his own in the 88th minute when after producing a great step over, he slammed in a shot which error-prone United keeper Elliott did well to save.

The Hammers’ cause was helped greatly by acts of sheer stupidity from Newcastle’s Sissoko who a mere 30 seconds after punching the ball away, chose to upend Carroll and received a second yellow which saw the visitors play out the last 18 minutes with 10 men.

The Magpies had their moments when danger man Perez shot wide early on and caused the Irons defence some worrying moments.

But we more than held on at the end to push ourselves back into fifth place behind Chelsea, Southampton, Manchester City and Manchester United and still ahead of Arsenal and Spurs.


About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “Cresswell’s first wins it …but more Zarate please

  1. The losing streak continues, Sam out

  2. There were some very good performances out there today. Newcastle are no pushovers, 6 wins on the bounce prove that. Almanfitano was very good, TOMKINS too and Noble did well while he was on. Drowning and Creswell were solid as was the Beast Kouyette. We won without Sakho Song Valencia and Reid. Arguably 4 of our best performers.

    That’s one defeat in 7, that’s 13 points at home from the last 15, thats 5th place after one third of the season. I hope my positivity doesn’t upset anyone.

  3. i have seen Zarate three times this season and everytime he comes on he is brillian,today against Newcastle when he came on we started playing football.I read Big sam might let him go ,Why does BFS never want to play players with real flair COYI

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