Thursday, October 13

Aaron Cresswell's magic…

Great news that Aaron Cresswell is back in the squad for the Crystal Palace match. We've missed him more than any other player and restoring his partnership with Payet on the left could be crucial for improving West Ham's fortunes. Not only can he defend better than people realise, Cresswell's crossing will also benefit Andy Carroll when he's back in the side.

We'll be re-united with James Tomkins on Saturday and I hope he gets a big cheer from the Hammers' fans. The decision to sell him still looks like a massive mistake. James might have wanted regular first team football but he should have been held to his contract; ironically he would have played in virtually every game this season because of injuries. Having a local lad in the team raises the morale of the crowd and his loss also seems to have affected Mark Noble. It's going to be tough against Benteke and a rejuvenated Andros Townsend, but let's hope memories of our 3-1 win at Selhurt Park last season inspire the lads. Irons!

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