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Aaron Cresswell (Defender)

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Aaron Cresswell

Liverpool, England
Squad Number: 3
Position: Defender
Born: 15th Dec 1989 (Liverpool, England)
Signed: 3rd Jul 2014 (£4,000,000)
Contract: 4 years (signed October 2019)
Previous Club: Ipswich Town

 

vs Rapid Vienna

2-0: Thursday, 25th November

Did not play.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-1: Saturday, 20th November
(Played 90 minutes)

He and Fornals were often being exposed far too easily by Semedo's running with two of them there. He is another who was a cog in a failing formation. He passed forward well, put in some dangerous crosses and was let down by a rare confused Fornals performance.

vs Liverpool

3-2: Saturday, 6th November
(Played 90 minutes)

The man is written off nearly every other week, but facing arguably the best player in the world, he never gave him an easy opening. There was always frantic cover, but the few moments there wasn?EUR(TM)t, Cresswell was good. One early recovery when Salah had beaten Ogbonna was brilliant. Best defensive performance from the full back in a long time.

vs Genk

2-2: Thursday, 4th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Passed well and was not exposed by Ito's pace, unlike in the reverse fixture. Deliveries into the box had menace, but it was a shame for him that once he was given the freedom to get forward more and deliver, Antonio was gone and his target was Bowen. Found Dawson with a good free kick.

vs Aston Villa

4-1: Sunday, 31st October
(Played 90 minutes)

Fine on the ball but the goal was made through poor play in combination by him and Fornals, and the main mistake was his.

vs Manchester City

0-0: Wednesday, 27th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Quietly efficient at the back but without much threat going forward. He made his presence felt up there and joined attacks, but lacked a target for his crosses. Good penalty.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Sunday, 24th October
(Played 90 minutes)

The pace Tottenham have on the flanks was a worry pre-game, but it never really showed and Cresswell was never exposed. The corner for the goal - it may only be one ball, one moment in the game, but it was an excellent delivery and it basically only had to hit Antonio to go in. Superb.

vs KRC Genk

3-0: Thursday, 21st October
(Played 90 minutes)

It may well be that Genk?EUR(TM)s best player came up against Cresswell, and that his most obvious attribute is our left back?EUR(TM)s weakness. But Ito?EUR(TM)s pace was too much for Cresswell on multiple occasions. However, his forward play was probably the best of many in the first half, and his two assists were wonderful deliveries that really won the game.

vs Everton

1-0: Sunday, 17th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Delivery not quite perfect, but his passing from the back was strong. Involved in play an awful lot, having the most touches and making the most passes. Could have done more to stop Townsend crossing so often early in the second half.

vs Brentford

1-2: Sunday, 3rd October
(Played 90 minutes)

Managed his flank well, put in dangerous deliveries and passed out from the back better than any of his fellow defenders.

vs Rapid Vienna

2-0: Thursday, 30th September
(Played 90 minutes)

He was very unlucky not to have two assists, more really with Dawson having other chances. Delivery much better today.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Saturday, 25th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Raphinha was in control of the game until he was forced off injured. When he dropped deeper and pulled strings, Cresswell didn?EUR(TM)t press up against him. When he went down the line, he beat Cresswell too easily.

vs Manchester United

1-2: Sunday, 19th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Only one of his crosses found a man, but it was clearly harder today. He was not the only one who looked up and found his options less appealing with no Antonio and Soucek sitting deeper.

vs Dinamo Zagreb

2-0: Thursday, 16th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Defensively one of this most solid displays in a West Ham shirt. Lovely passing from the back, some good crosses early, but it was the ease in which he defended that caught the eye, especially one moment where he shepherded the winger out of play where usually he might be beaten.

vs Southampton

0-0: Saturday, 11th September
(Played 90 minutes)

As the game stretched on, and Fornals could cover Cresswell less, his weaknesses became more apparent and suddenly Southampton came alive down their right. Still, he was the defender who slowed Redmond when the hosts might feel they should have scored.

vs Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 28th August
(Played 90 minutes)

Handled his defensive work well and combined really well with all the attackers down the left. His less subtle but more direct play helps a team that has a few who?EUR(TM)d rather play the extra pass.

vs Leicester City

4-1: Monday, 23rd August
(Played 90 minutes)

No goal or assist this time out, but his passing was good, he offered an outlet constantly, was unlucky when blocking Tielemans?EUR(TM)s first shot too. More importantly, he pressed players well when up the pitch and it was his work that forced Perez into the mistake that led to his red card.

vs Newcastle United

4-2: Sunday, 15th August
(Played 90 minutes)

Not a great balance of attack and defence today. Poor at the back, but a goal and good runs going forward were vital to the victory.

vs Celtic

6-2: Saturday, 24th July
(Played 90 minutes)

Another to feature for the full 90 and he looked a class above any of his opponents. Saw the funny side when winning a corner by backheeling the ball off a Celtic defender.

vs Southampton

3-0: Sunday, 23rd May
(Played 90 minutes)

Delivery was good today and he was comfortable defending, even against the pace Southampton countered with. It has been great this season to see a dependable and oft-lamented long-term member of this club have a great season. He has weaknesses, but his strengths have been on show much more often.

vs West Bromwich Albion

3-1: Wednesday, 19th May
(Played 90 minutes)

Defensively suspect at times, he made up for it with the corner that set up Ogbonna. It was a beautifully hit corner, and he was also desperately unlucky not to score with that freekick. Was got at a few times defending, but also showed good habits of a no-fuss defender by doing the sly things like blocking runs and using his body to impede people as fairly as he could.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Saturday, 15th May
(Played 90 minutes)

Attacking he gets an 8. But his defending was a worry today. Backing off tackles he should be winning to protect in case he loses and gets beat, letting Tau in too. Fornals either holds his hand or Cresswell couldn?EUR(TM)t defend.

vs Burnley

2-1: Saturday, 1st May
(Played 90 minutes)

His delivery has been sorely missed. And his composure on the ball, both ends of the pitch, settled the side down and supplied Benrahma and Lingard. Did his defensive work with little fuss, and he could do with teaching Johnson how to lean into an attacker to ruin their balance.

vs Leicester City

3-2: Sunday, 11th April
(Played 53 minutes)

A couple of good defensive headers, but was injured before the defence was really tested. An innocuous fall, it looked like something had jarred. He has delivered this year and will be a miss, especially with a small squad that is collecting injuries at a pace.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

3-2: Monday, 5th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Not a game you would really notice Cresswell, with the odd good cross not used well, but also the gap left on the first goal that was exactly where you would expect him to be. Johnson had come on a minute earlier, and you have to wonder whether miscommunication of that left side was a problem.

vs Arsenal

3-3: Saturday, 20th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Not good enough defensively and didn't really deliver from set pieces. Looked the left back he was said to be before this season - a weakness - and being a wing back just exposed him further.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Sunday, 14th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Delivery was off on all his crossing, whilst there were times when Dan James went around him with such ease. However, some of his back post heading was vital defending.

vs Leeds United

2-0: Monday, 8th March
(Played 90 minutes)

To his credit, the assist might be eye-catching but Cresswell did really well defensively, making important headers at the back post and standing up to Raphinha well. The corners were whipped in dangerously, a dream for someone to meet because the pace of the ball does much of the work.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th February
(Played 90 minutes)

One outstanding back post header, something he often does well but is criticised as not being good at, saved the side in a very precarious situation. As the third centre back, he didn?EUR(TM)t get the opportunity to step forward as much, and the left side was quite ineffective with Cresswell cautious and Johnson not playing too well in City?EUR(TM)s half.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

2-1: Saturday, 20th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked comfortable until Bale and Doherty came on, where the two doubled up on him well and Bale had the class to make space quickly against Cresswell and use the ball. His forward passing was good, his corners dangerous and he defends well when we sit very deep and he?EUR(TM)s not drawn out to the wings, and we got deeper and deeper as the time went on.

vs Sheffield United

3-0: Monday, 15th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Rarely got forward, even compared to his performances earlier in the season in the same role. Still picks up another assist, sixth of the season, and was composed throughout.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Tuesday, 9th February
(Played 120 minutes)

Stood up well defensively in both positions, including one absolutely fantastic block in the first half whilst Diop was preparing to replace Ogbonna. Some dangerous crosses but there was little going on in the box.

vs Fulham

0-0: Saturday, 6th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Defended well, the unit was well-drilled and together. A couple of good crosses too, but it just wasn?EUR(TM)t happening going forward.

vs Aston Villa

3-1: Wednesday, 3rd February
(Played 90 minutes)

Assured defensively today, and whilst he overlapped down the left less, he almost gets a full extra point just for that pass to Antonio. It?EUR(TM)s worth watching the highlights for that.

vs Liverpool

1-3: Sunday, 31st January
(Played 90 minutes)

If he hadn?EUR(TM)t got an assist with a good corner, he would have the lowest rating here. A touch harsh, he was the man who had to mark Salah most of the game and did stand up to him well on a few occasions. But he can take a big portion of the blame for two of the goals.

vs Crystal Palace

3-2: Tuesday, 26th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Solid in defence, supported attacks well and was almost always available when Fornals looked up in hope of finding him. The freekick delivery was a beauty. Most assists from a defender in the league this season.

vs Doncaster Rovers

4-0: Saturday, 23rd January

Did not play.

vs West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 19th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Untroubled defensively, winning some good headers against players clearly taller than him, the left back was also good on the ball and can feel aggrieved that good crosses were not attacked better in the area. The stats might read only two accurate crosses from ten, but his deliveries were often good. Sees a lot of the ball and passes much better than the rest of our defenders.

vs Burnley

1-0: Saturday, 16th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Made the most passes in a West Ham shirt and was accurate doing so, in contrast to a sloppier performance for the a lot of the team with their passing accuracy. This is the kind of game that his detractors would suggest he would be exposed in, yet he was never daunted by the task and played well.

vs Stockport County

1-0: Monday, 11th January
(Played 17 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Johnson, 73) Didn't really get too involved, but just the threat of his left foot and the delivery did create a touch more space. Should have stayed wider.

vs Everton

1-0: Friday, 1st January
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked a little bit wary early on with Richarlison and Coleman flying forward, but settled into his defensive work in the second half and got forward to support Fornals well. Had the most shots of any player in the game, and that last one eventually gave the side the win. He's not perfect as a left back, but he did the job today.

vs Southampton

0-0: Tuesday, 29th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Exposed a few times by Walcott, it did feel like Fornals had to play his game to babysit Cresswell. His delivery was not as sharp as it has been, but he was never dramatically beaten at the back.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

2-2: Saturday, 26th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Another Cresswell corner was profitable, so there is no way he is being dropped from this team, but he as otherwise very poor on the ball. His reluctance to pass to Johnson was very clear and won't have helped the young defender relax in a new role.

vs Chelsea

0-3: Monday, 21st December
(Played 90 minutes)

Effective going forward and it's harsh to criticise success rate of his crossing when there was often only one target to hit. Defensively poor, caught out for the goals, making mistakes it feels like he doesn't make when part of a back three.

vs Crystal Palace

1-1: Tuesday, 15th December
(Played 90 minutes)

His radar was off with his crossing, he slowed down attacks by always taking an extra touch and the Palace goal came from the right where Ward had it far too easy. Whilst he was reasonably fine, a level of sharpness just looked to be missing.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Friday, 11th December
(Played 90 minutes)

A much quieter attacking display, but it was wise and helped limit any exposing of his weaknesses back in a left back role. And his delivery was key again, the freekick for Ogbonna quite brilliant.

vs Manchester United

1-3: Saturday, 5th December
(Played 90 minutes)

His corner was excellent and in the perfect spot between to Manchester United defenders for Rice to run onto. His freekick was also clever and struck excellently. Another whose first half performance was excellent and second half the opposite.

vs Aston Villa

2-1: Saturday, 28th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Villa seemed to block his crossing and passing routes early, and then he looked shaky in the back four. He did fine, but not to the heights of recent times.

vs Sheffield United

1-0: Sunday, 22nd November
(Played 90 minutes)

Is playing with confidence, rightly so, and passing the ball around comfortably and calmly. His set-pieces have been excellent and he was unlucky not to get an assist after crosses found heads in good positions.

vs Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 7th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Should never have spent the first half defending against Mitrovic, but did it well. So unlucky hitting the bar with a freekick, had an excellent half volley saved and crossed dangerously.

vs Liverpool

1-2: Saturday, 31st October
(Played 90 minutes)

Arguably, the two most important defensive contributions individually were by Cresswell, covering to stop Mane and a clearance from a ball flying over his head that stopped a chance. It was also his overlap that created the space for Masuaku to cross in the lead up to the goal.

vs Manchester City

1-1: Saturday, 24th October
(Played 90 minutes)

He?EUR(TM)s very calm and accomplished, seems to have a good understanding with Masuaku and his crossing has been better with his usually deeper delivery position.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

3-3: Sunday, 18th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Not exposed defensively, whilst his set piece delivery caused problems all game. The ball for Balbuena was excellent, and he combined well with Masuaku throughout.

vs Leicester City

3-0: Sunday, 4th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Cresswell got nothing wrong today and everything he did worked. He?EUR(TM)s a excellent third centre back in that system, his passing smart but safe, the extra space to cross working for him. And he?EUR(TM)s tuned in defensively. Two assists too.

vs Newcastle United

0-2: Saturday, 12th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Poor with the ball, poor off the ball, poor defensively. He might not be as bad as the extreme opinions of him, but he is lucky to be playing at all.

vs Brentford

2-1: Saturday, 29th August
(Played 45 minutes)

It wasn't so long ago he was being called for England but he has been lacking form for some time now. One over-hit cross that ended up near the corner flag summed up his contribution on the day.

vs Ipswich Town

4-1: Tuesday, 25th August
(Played 90 minutes)

n/a

Manchester United

1-1: Wednesday, 22nd July

Combined well down the left with the likes of Fornals and Rice, put in a couple of fantastic crosses, whilst also not giving much away at the back. Solid.

Watford

3-1: Friday, 17th July

A solid pro and he clearly cares about the club, Cresswell was never comfortable with Sarr and his delivery was poor in attacking areas. His position should be under threat.

Norwich City

4-0: Saturday, 11th July

His first half crossing was scaring Norwich. A game like this shows that our full backs are above Championship standard, and would do very well if we were to go down.

Burnley

0-1: Wednesday, 8th July

Poor on the goal, one good tackle aside near the end, he just wasn’t up to it. Should have been taken off as he offered no attacking threat and the pace of Masuaku could have been useful.

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 4th July

(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Chelsea

3-2: Wednesday, 1st July

As quiet as Fredericks but probably without the solo impact. Nothing wrong, although Willian was notably a class above.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-2: Tuesday, 23rd June

Better than Saturday, offering some threat going forward and at no time really beaten in defence.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-2: Saturday, 20th June

It’s hard to criticise his defending for the goals as he’s nowhere near as fast as Traore. But with two goals down his side and some poor crossing, Cresswell didn’t have a good game.

Arsenal

0-1: Saturday, 7th March

(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Southampton

3-1: Saturday, 29th February

Exposed for the goal, but that was mismanagement of the side around him. Some excellent corners too.

Liverpool

2-3: Monday, 24th February

(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Manchester City

0-2: Wednesday, 19th February

Saved a certain goal with his double block on Jesus in the first half. Otherwise solid.

Brighton & Hove Albion

3-3: Saturday, 1st February

Even without the collapse, he wasn’t having an impact on the game. He seems to get left isolated more than Fredericks. Quite unsure why Noble was moved to the left of the midfield, having been on the right side with Zabaleta, he now combined with Cresswell to ensure the left got to have the slowest pairing.

Leicester City

1-4: Wednesday, 22nd January

(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Everton

1-1: Saturday, 18th January

(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Sheffield United

0-1: Friday, 10th January

The best of the back three, with a couple vital interventions. He was the ball player in the defence - made comfortably our most passes - until Sheffield United worked it out. The short option changed to the other side - Balbuena - and the damage was done there. The block on Baldock was exceptional defending.

Bournemouth

4-0: Wednesday, 1st January

(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Leicester City

1-2: Saturday, 28th December

(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Crystal Palace

1-2: Thursday, 26th December

Unused substitute.

Southampton

1-0: Saturday, 14th December

Was solid defensively, happy to take responsibility on the ball going forward. The cross he put in for what should have been the first half penalty was exquisite.

Arsenal

1-3: Saturday, 7th December

Managed Pepe much better than anyone else. Put in a few strong tackles. Much lamented, but he’ll be a miss now he’s injured.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-2: Wednesday, 4th December

Started off worried by Traore but seemed to work him out, or at least outlast his stamina, as the game went on.

Chelsea

1-0: Saturday, 30th November

(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-3: Saturday, 23rd November

(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Burnley

0-3: Saturday, 9th November

(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Newcastle United

2-3: Saturday, 2nd November

Equally destroyed by their pace, but least offered an option to pass to on the attack. May have played the worst pass inside the box I’ve ever seen.

Sheffield United

1-1: Saturday, 26th October

Reasonably solid, the chances down the left often due to extra runners. Should have scored when dallying in the area. Starting to pity him when he gets the chance to cross: Haller is the only option and no one else moves.

Everton

0-2: Saturday, 19th October

(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Crystal Palace

1-2: Saturday, 5th October

Did fine against Zaha, had some lovely combination passing with Anderson, but can’t say he did any more than just his job.

Bournemouth

2-2: Saturday, 28th September

Two goals in two games for a man some had written off completely. Solid defensively, Harry Wilson was quiet, but five wasted crosses are a worry and blight his performance.

Oxford United

0-4: Wednesday, 25th September

Did not play.

Newport County

2-0: Tuesday, 27th August

Comfortable, with a good pass to Fornals in the first half and a good deep cross to Snodgrass. Looked alive when Anderson had the ball.

Manchester City

0-5: Saturday, 10th August

His lack of pace in areas like the first goal, that’s not new. The wingers cannot leave him exposed, the midfield and the centre backs must surely know too. Some of his other play, unable to pressure Mahrez, was really poor. Waiting for Masuaku to take his place.

Athletico Bilbao

2-2: Saturday, 3rd August

Today's captain put in some decent crosses but lost possession unnecessaily once or twice.

Hertha Berlin

5-3: Wednesday, 31st July

No major individual errors but didn't look overwhelmingly convincing.

Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 27th July

Match notes to follow.

Newcastle United

0-1: Saturday, 20th July

It was Cresswell's left flank that was constantly under attack from Newcastle in the first half. Provided little going forward.

Manchester City

1-4: Wednesday, 17th July

(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Chelsea

0-2: Monday, 8th April

Not his best game defensively, but he is so much better an attacking full back than the pair on the opposite flank. So nearly scored, and makes Anderson play better.

Everton

0-2: Saturday, 30th March

Worst performance for a while, interestingly coming in a game without Anderson ahead of him. He didn’t attack or defend as well as he has been.

Huddersfield Town

4-3: Saturday, 16th March

He’s now consistently good in every game. Basically played left wing, yet was the only defender who didn’t look lost in his duties. Threatened all afternoon and got an assist from the corner.

Cardiff City

0-2: Saturday, 9th March

Caught out on the first goal but that’s due to how bad the midfield were. Odd good cross but let down by poor performers around him.

Cardiff City

0-2: Saturday, 9th March

He seems to be back to his inconsistent ways. He had a poor first half but was better in the second. He attempted a couple of average crosses which didn’t really amount to anything.

Newcastle Utd

2-0: Saturday, 2nd March

Did well in his short spell but only got half hour.

Fulham

3-1: Friday, 22nd February

On the plus side, his blocked crosses kept winning corners. He delivered maybe two good ones, but only finding a West Ham played once in six crosses is poor. Sees a lot of the ball though, second most touches, and always combining on the flank.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Saturday, 9th February

He has shown much more consistency and confidence in his last few games in a West Ham shirt. He made a couple of vital challenges and clearances today. 8. Issa Diop: The deflection was unfortunate but crucial. He was strong with some blocks and interceptions but nothing special.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Saturday, 9th February

Maybe generous, but he adds such impetus to the left side and made vital tackles and clearances at the back.

Liverpool

1-1: Monday, 4th February

His recent spell in the team has seen him back to his best, and he was again brilliant here. Fantastic at both ends, his confidence is up. Took the armband when Noble went off.

Birmingham City

2-0: Saturday, 5th January

Did not play.

Crystal Palace

3-2: Saturday, 8th December

Did not play.

Newcastle United

3-0: Saturday, 1st December

A better fit at left back, making crucial interceptions inside. Hopefully not a bad injury.

Manchester City

0-4: Saturday, 24th November

(Replaced Masuaku) Much better than Masuaku, looking more reliable and much more aware positionally.

Huddersfield Town

1-1: Saturday, 10th November

Like one or two others, is yet to match his peak performances of a couple of seaons back.

Burnley

4-2: Saturday, 3rd November

A decent effort from the occasional England full back.

Leicester City

1-1: Saturday, 27th October

(Replaced Diangana) Came on to improve defensive reinforcements as the good ship West Ham began to rock, but the loss of the energetic (albeit tiring) Diangana lessened the pressure on an advancing City.

Macclesfield Town

8-0: Wednesday, 26th September

Chelsea

0-0: Sunday, 23rd September

Did not play.

Everton

3-1: Sunday, 16th September

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-1: Saturday, 1st September

Bournemouth

1-2: Saturday, 18th August

Did not play.

Everton

3-1: Sunday, 13th May

Comments to follow.

Manchester United

0-0: Thursday, 10th May

Comments to follow.

Leicester City

2-0: Saturday, 5th May

Comments to follow.

Manchester City

1-4: Sunday, 29th April

Comments to follow.

Arsenal

1-4: Sunday, 22nd April

Comments to follow.

Stoke City

1-1: Monday, 16th April

Comments to follow.

Chelsea

1-1: Sunday, 8th April

Comments to follow.

Southampton

3-0: Saturday, 31st March

Was allowed some freedom to go forward despite his position as a centre-back. Carried out a more defensive role in the second half.

Burnley

0-3: Saturday, 10th March

Was allowed some freedom to go forward despite his position as a centre-back. Carried out a more defensive role in the second half.

Swansea City

1-4: Saturday, 3rd March

Was allowed some freedom to go forward despite his position as a centre-back. Carried out a more defensive role in the second half.

Liverpool

1-4: Saturday, 24th February

Was allowed some freedom to go forward despite his position as a centre-back. Carried out a more defensive role in the second half.

Watford

2-0: Saturday, 10th February

Was allowed some freedom to go forward despite his position as a centre-back. Carried out a more defensive role in the second half.

Brighton & Hove Albion

1-3: Saturday, 3rd February

Though he was quite poor on the ball and wreckless in his tackling, he was one of very few players in claret and blue to provide his team mates with good opportunities thanks to his crossing ability putting some excellent balls in and around the Brighton penalty area.

Brighton & Hove Albion

1-3: Saturday, 3rd February

Though he was quite poor on the ball and wreckless in his tackling, he was one of very few players in claret and blue to provide his team mates with good opportunities thanks to his crossing ability putting some excellent balls in and around the Brighton penalty area.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Tuesday, 30th January

Comments to follow.

Wigan Athletic

0-2: Saturday, 27th January

Comments to follow.

Bournemouth

1-1: Saturday, 20th January

Covered a lot of ground, playing a part in attack whilst also retreating to his centre-half position.

Huddersfield Town

4-1: Saturday, 13th January

One of those perhaps guilty of sitting off goalscorer Lolley before he struck the fatal blow. Otherwsie solid.

West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 2nd January

Indecisive on the wing as to when to put crosses in and was caught out on the counter a couple of times. However, despite putting in a couple of average crosses, he did provide Carroll with West Ham's first goal.

Bournemouth

3-3: Tuesday, 26th December

Played a commanding role in West Ham's relative success in defence cutting off the supply line to Agüero.

Newcastle United

2-3: Saturday, 23rd December

An improved player since slotting into David Moyes's back three. Was a decent source for crosses alongside team mate Masuaku.

Arsenal

0-1: Tuesday, 19th December

Played a commanding role in West Ham's relative success in defence cutting off the supply line to Agüero.

Stoke City

3-0: Saturday, 16th December

Comments to follow.

Arsenal

0-0: Wednesday, 13th December

Comments to follow.

Chelsea

1-0: Saturday, 9th December

Comments to follow.

Manchester City

1-2: Sunday, 3rd December

Comments to follow.

Everton

0-4: Wednesday, 29th November

Comments to follow.

Leicester City

1-1: Friday, 24th November

Was a threat to Leicester's defence down the left putting in some quality balls into the box.

Watford

0-2: Sunday, 19th November

Comments to follow.

Liverpool

1-4: Saturday, 4th November

Played a part in West Ham's early pressure and was relatively consistent.

Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 28th October

Comments to follow.

Tottenham Hotspur

3-2: Wednesday, 25th October

Comments to follow.

Brighton & Hove Albion

0-3: Friday, 20th October

Did not play.

Burnley

1-1: Saturday, 14th October

Solid in defence, yet provided precious little in attack.

Swansea City

1-0: Saturday, 30th September

Becoming too predictable. Always looking to cross it with his left foot and when he did manage to do so, he often got it wrong.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-3: Saturday, 23rd September

Becoming too predictable. Always looking to cross it with his left foot and when he did manage to do so, he often got it wrong.

Bolton Wanderers

3-0: Tuesday, 19th September

Did not play.

West Bromwich Albion

0-0: Saturday, 16th September

The problem is that, yes the defensive stuff was ok and, yes he got into some promising positions. But boy his delivery was dreadful in this match. Crossing practice required I think.

West Bromwich Albion

0-0: Saturday, 16th September

Becoming too predictable. Always looking to cross it with his left foot and when he did manage to do so, he often got it wrong.

Huddersfield Town

2-0: Monday, 11th September

A good source for crosses out wide but lost the ball too frequently. In defence lost his touch, being beaten far too easily with just a drop of the shoulder.

Newcastle United

0-3: Saturday, 26th August

Comments to follow.

Cheltenham Town

2-0: Wednesday, 23rd August

Did not play.

Southampton

2-3: Saturday, 19th August

Not bad but struggled with having to have the decidedly undefensive Hernandez in front of him in the second half.

Manchester United

0-4: Sunday, 13th August

(Replaced Masuaku)

Manchester City

0-3: Friday, 4th August

(Replaced Masuaku) A decent 30-minute run-out for the England full back.

Altona 93

3-3: Tuesday, 1st August

(Replaced Masuaku) A decent 30-minute run-out for the England full back.

Werder Bremen

2-2: Saturday, 29th July

(Replaced Masuaku) A decent 30-minute run-out for the England full back.

Werder Bremen

0-1: Friday, 28th July

Another hour under his belt.

Fulham

2-1: Thursday, 20th July

Replaced at half time by Arthur Masuaku.

Burnley

2-1: Sunday, 21st May

Will be glad to get this season out of the way. Decent run-out but an injury-free pre-season will be key for him. So as long as he can avoid two-bob German second division defenders wanting to make a name for themselves that would be nice.

Burnley

2-1: Sunday, 21st May

Showed glimpses of what we've seen in previous seasons knocking in some crucial balls into the box.

Liverpool

0-4: Sunday, 14th May

Very alive at the beggining producing most of West Ham's early chances but as the rest of his team mates was average as the game wore on.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Friday, 5th May

Negated anything coming down his side and linked well with the attack. His cross caused the havoc that led to the goal.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Friday, 5th May

He's failed to impress countless times this season but today he produced some vital blocks and clearances. Also provided the cross that led to Manu's breakthrough goal.

Stoke City

0-0: Saturday, 29th April

(Replaced Masuaku) Comments to follow.

Sunderland

2-2: Saturday, 15th April

Good cross for the goal but continues to give the ball away far too much.

Arsenal

0-3: Wednesday, 5th April

Good cross for the goal but continues to give the ball away far too much.

Hull City

1-2: Saturday, 1st April

Good cross for the goal but continues to give the ball away far too much.

Leicester City

2-3: Saturday, 18th March

One for whom the break will do a power of good. Ok-ish defensively but gave the ball away a bit too often which relieved the pressure on the visitors.

AFC Bournemouth

2-3: Saturday, 11th March

Hasn't been himself for a number of weeks. A shadow of the player he seemed prior to the England call-up.

Chelsea

1-2: Monday, 6th March

Hasn't been himself for a number of weeks. A shadow of the player he seemed prior to the England call-up.

Watford

1-1: Saturday, 25th February

Hasn't been himself for a number of weeks. A shadow of the player he seemed prior to the England call-up.

West Bromwich Albion

2-2: Saturday, 11th February

Still not quite back to his best. Sacrificed to change to a three-at-the-back system for the second half.

Southampton

3-1: Saturday, 4th February

On a downward spiral since being selected for England and given a torris time again tonight.

Manchester City

0-4: Wednesday, 1st February

On a downward spiral since being selected for England and given a torris time again tonight.

Middlesbrough

3-1: Saturday, 21st January

Took a bit of a roasting in the first half and almost scored noe of the worst own goals of all time.

Crystal Palace

3-0: Saturday, 14th January

The lack of attacking threat from the visitors allowed him to get forward to supplement the attack, which he did well.

Manchester City

0-5: Friday, 6th January

Still some way from his best and that back pass was a shocker.

Manchester United

0-2: Monday, 2nd January

Still some way from his best and that back pass was a shocker.

Leicester City

0-1: Saturday, 31st December

Still some way from his best and that back pass was a shocker.

Swansea City

4-1: Monday, 26th December

Still some way from his best and that back pass was a shocker.

Hull City

1-0: Saturday, 17th December

Still some way from his best and that back pass was a shocker.

Stoke City

1-1: Saturday, 5th November

Might have had more impact on the game had his team mates thought to give him the ball a bit quicker.

Stoke City

1-2: Sunday, 15th May

A bit off the pace all afternoon.

Manchester United

3-2: Tuesday, 10th May

Got caught out a bit for their first but the value of his decoy run for Antonio’s goal should not be underestimated.

Swansea City

1-4: Saturday, 7th May

A couple of excellent last-ditch tackles were the highlight of the full back's afternoon.

West Bromwich Albion

1-1: Saturday, 30th April

A bit off the pace all afternoon.

Watford

3-1: Wednesday, 20th April

A bit off the pace all afternoon.

Leicester City

2-2: Sunday, 17th April

Did ok and was instrumental in supporting the good work going forward on the left in the second half.

Manchester United

1-2: Wednesday, 13th April

Solid enough at the back and provided a decent, if underused threat on the left, especially in the first half.

Arsenal

3-3: Saturday, 9th April

Didn’t show much in attack but had a fine game in defence.

Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 2nd April

One good clearance but alarmingly tired at an alarmingly early stage of the game.

Chelsea

2-2: Saturday, 19th March

Fairly sound defensively but perhaps ought to have notched a brace.

Manchester United

1-1: Sunday, 13th March

Solid enough at the back and provided a decent, if underused threat on the left, especially in the first half.

Everton

3-2: Saturday, 5th March

Always willing to push forward down the left.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Wednesday, 2nd March

I'll just copy last week's match notes - "A bit off the pace all afternoon".

Sunderland

1-0: Saturday, 27th February

Had his moments going forward but had some shaky oned as well in defence.

Blackburn Rovers

5-1: Sunday, 21st February

Had his moments going forward but had some shaky oned as well in defence.

Norwich City

2-2: Saturday, 13th February

Had his moments going forward but had some shaky oned as well in defence.

Liverpool

2-1: Tuesday, 9th February

'Sound', as they say on the Wirral.

Southampton

0-1: Saturday, 6th February

Ended up playing more like a wide midfielder than a full back due to SOuthampton's reticence to leave their own half once they'd been reduced to ten men.

Aston Villa

2-0: Tuesday, 2nd February

Got a sore nose from Ayew's cowardly attack but like TOmkins, spent much of the game in the opposition half.

Liverpool

0-0: Saturday, 30th January

'Sound', as they say on the Wirral.

Manchester City

2-2: Saturday, 23rd January

Decent game but was inadvertently the cause of the second equaliser.

Newcastle United

1-2: Saturday, 16th January

Another good runout. The combination with Moses on that side looks interesting as well.

AFC Bournemouth

3-1: Tuesday, 12th January

Considerably better than his last run out against Bournemouth in which he haad a shocker.

Wolves

1-0: Saturday, 9th January

A welcome return – unlucky not to score when his piledriver was blocked by Clyne.

Liverpool

2-0: Saturday, 2nd January

A welcome return – unlucky not to score when his piledriver was blocked by Clyne.

Aston Villa

1-1: Saturday, 26th December

Scored a belter - our first goal in four games - but achieved a pass completion rate of less than 50 per cent.

Swansea City

0-0: Sunday, 20th December

A couple of excellent last-ditch tackles were the highlight of the full back's afternoon.

Stoke City

0-0: Saturday, 12th December

A bit off the pace all afternoon.

Manchester United

0-0: Saturday, 5th December

A bit off the pace all afternoon.

West Bromwich Albion

1-1: Sunday, 29th November

A bit off the pace all afternoon.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-4: Sunday, 22nd November

I'll just copy last week's match notes - "A bit off the pace all afternoon".

Everton

1-1: Saturday, 7th November

Always willing to push forward down the left.

Watford

0-2: Saturday, 31st October

A bit off the pace all afternoon.

Chelsea

2-1: Saturday, 24th October

Excellent game both in defence and in attack. In front of Hodgson, who will still prefer Luke Shaw even though he’s out for the season.

Crystal Palace

3-1: Saturday, 17th October

Not really tested, especially after the sending-off. Got forward well throughout.

Sunderland

2-2: Saturday, 3rd October

Had his moments going forward but had some shaky oned as well in defence.

Norwich City

2-2: Saturday, 26th September

Had his moments going forward but had some shaky oned as well in defence.

Newcastle United

2-0: Monday, 14th September

Another good runout. The combination with Moses on that side looks interesting as well.

Liverpool

3-0: Saturday, 29th August

As good this week as he was bad last week.

AFC Bournemouth

3-4: Saturday, 22nd August

How can somebody usually so good have such a poor game? One of the poorest individual performances I’ve seen in years. Let’s hope that it’s out of his system.

Leicester City

1-2: Saturday, 15th August

Did ok and was instrumental in supporting the good work going forward on the left in the second half.

Arsenal

2-0: Sunday, 9th August

Didn’t show much in attack but had a fine game in defence.

Arsenal

2-0: Sunday, 9th August

Solid and allowed Arsenal little room or space to deliveer crosses. One particular 60-yard, cross-field to Dimitri Payet was absolutely sublime.

Astra Giurgiu

1-2: Thursday, 6th August

Tried to keep things moving out on the left but often had no options.

Astra Giurgiu

2-2: Thursday, 30th July

Tried to keep things moving out on the left but often had no options.

Norwich City

1-0: Tuesday, 28th July

Tried to keep things moving out on the left but often had no options.

Charlton Athletic

0-0: Saturday, 25th July

Tried to keep things moving out on the left but often had no options.

Birkirkara

0-1: Thursday, 23rd July

Tried to keep things moving out on the left but often had no options.

Birkirkara

1-0: Thursday, 16th July

FC Lusitanos

3-0: Thursday, 2nd July

Had a fairly stiff test defensively today. He passed (especially with that cross, aha!), but not with flying colours. A few errors in amongst...

Newcastle United

0-2: Sunday, 24th May

Had a fairly stiff test defensively today. He passed (especially with that cross, aha!), but not with flying colours. A few errors in amongst...

Everton

1-2: Saturday, 16th May

Had a fairly stiff test defensively today. He passed (especially with that cross, aha!), but not with flying colours. A few errors in amongst...

Aston Villa

0-1: Saturday, 9th May

Our newly crowned Hammer of the year, but not one of his best games.

Burnley

1-0: Saturday, 2nd May

Another one for whom "tidy game" seems apt.

Burnley

1-0: Saturday, 2nd May

Not quite as prominent as Jenkinson in the attacking stakes but still contributed well.

Queens Park Rangers

0-0: Saturday, 25th April

Nearly whipped in the perfect free kick; did well in defense too.

Manchester City

0-2: Sunday, 19th April

Had a fairly stiff test defensively today. He passed (especially with that cross, aha!), but not with flying colours. A few errors in amongst...

Stoke City

1-1: Saturday, 11th April

Spectacular goal, yes, but otherwise undistinguished today. Without the free kick a 6, with it, another not quite worth a 7.

Leicester City

1-2: Saturday, 4th April

Almost a 7, bar some occasionally horrible distribution.

Sunderland

1-0: Saturday, 21st March

Caught out by Kouyate's poor header, but managed a couple decent crosses to balance the scales.

Arsenal

0-3: Saturday, 14th March

Below average performance. Yes, 6, for Aaron, is below average!

Chelsea

0-1: Wednesday, 4th March

Crystal Palace

1-3: Saturday, 28th February

Did enough going forwards for the horrible slice to be forgiven (just!), but as exposed as his defensive comrades today.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-2: Sunday, 22nd February

Had a fairly stiff test defensively today. He passed (especially with that cross, aha!), but not with flying colours. A few errors in amongst...

West Bromwich Albion

0-4: Saturday, 14th February

Defended badly today. Caught out several times.

Southampton

0-0: Wednesday, 11th February

Manchester United

1-1: Sunday, 8th February

Not quite at the races today with the odd poor cross and defensive lapse.

Liverpool

0-2: Saturday, 31st January

As per his fellow full-back, although he troubled City's defence slightly more.

Bristol City

1-0: Sunday, 25th January

As per his fellow full-back, although he troubled City's defence slightly more.

Hull City

3-0: Sunday, 18th January

Solid in defense, a frequent threat up the flank. Though the strange formation helped in that.

Hull City

3-0: Sunday, 18th January

Solid enough but didn’t seem quite himself in this one.

Hull City

3-0: Sunday, 18th January

Not as influencial as he has been in recent outings.

Everton

2-2: Tuesday, 13th January

Yet again, a game much like Jenks, though his highs were not so high, nor his lows quite so low.

Everton

2-2: Tuesday, 13th January

Busy as a bee at both ends. Almost grabbed another goal with a decent effort.

Swansea

1-1: Saturday, 10th January

Provided plenty of impetus going forward but managed to get himself caught a little too far advanced once or twice.

Swansea

1-1: Saturday, 10th January

Constant threat on the left flank, beautiful crosses and one brilliant free kick.

Everton

1-1: Tuesday, 6th January

Did his fair share, but not unduly pressured and, by far, the least noticeable of the back four.

Everton

1-1: Tuesday, 6th January

A little quiet, yet quietly effective.

West Bromwich Albion

1-1: Thursday, 1st January

He created Sakho's goal and was prevented from capping his day with the winning goal by the post - otherwise like Jenkinson, he provided little going forward.

Arsenal

1-2: Sunday, 28th December

Coped pretty well defensively, linked pretty well when Downing or Song could find a pass, delivery into the box wasn't great though.

Chelsea

0-2: Friday, 26th December

Had a stern test today. Can't say that he passed with flying colours but, on the whole, passed.

Leicester City

2-0: Saturday, 20th December

Like Jenkinson provided a real threat out wide. Got caught out of position once or twice but that's the flip side to employing attacking full backs.

Sunderland

1-1: Saturday, 13th December

For me, still battling with Song for signing of the season, but this was a fairly average performance. Wasn't pressed too hard in defence, didn't make the best of his several chances to get forward.

Sunderland

1-1: Saturday, 13th December

Like Jenkinson provided a real threat out wide. Got caught out of position once or twice but that's the flip side to employing attacking full backs.

Swansea

3-1: Sunday, 7th December

Once again, I didn't feel he was tested to the same degree as Jenk's, so no glaring error, but much the same contribution going forwards.

Swansea

3-1: Sunday, 7th December

Caught a bit out of position for their goal but another decent performance overall.

West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 2nd December

Quietly competent this time out, but didn't face the same level of threat as Jenks.

West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 2nd December

Saturday's hero had little opportunity to repeat his expliots against Newcastle but did well generally, making several inportant blocks and interceptions.

Newcastle United

1-0: Saturday, 29th November

His first goal, the winning goal; a nice finish too; is enough to turn a tidy 6 into a 7.

Newcastle United

1-0: Saturday, 29th November

Excellent run out defensively and whilst Kouyate's “pass” might have been a tad fortunate, he can claim full credit for having the brains to continue the run when everyone else (including me) had given it up as a bad deal.

Everton

1-2: Saturday, 22nd November

Nearly cost us several times with poor play, but stopped what might have become good Everton chances at others.

Aston Villa

0-0: Saturday, 8th November

Dodgy game against Stoke last week, or so I thought from the the few highlights that I saw. Back to good form today, defending well, and creating chances going forward.

Aston Villa

0-0: Saturday, 8th November

Better than last week – his crossing continues to cause problems to opposition defences.

Manchester City

2-1: Saturday, 25th October

Another quality performance at left-back. It takes something to make me forget... whatsisname... but Cressie is doing it. George! That was his name! George!

Manchester City

2-1: Saturday, 25th October

Stuck to a difficult task well and the cross for Sakho's goal proved that last week was no fluke.

Burnley

3-1: Saturday, 18th October

Some great crosses today, and MotM just about. Too stretched by Boyd to really deserve a seven, though.

Burnley

3-1: Saturday, 18th October

Isn't it nice to have a couple of full-backs you feel comfortable with. Superb cross for Sakho's goal.

Queens Park Rangers

2-0: Sunday, 5th October

See Jenkinson!

Queens Park Rangers

2-0: Sunday, 5th October

Like Jenkinson he made good use of the opportunity to get forward.

Liverpool

3-1: Saturday, 20th September

Possibly might have got out a wee bit quicker to bock Sterling's shot but overall a good performance.

Liverpool

3-1: Saturday, 20th September

Maybe a slightly generous 8 again, but completed a solid back line display and also dangerous going forwards, linking well with whoever was in front of him.

Hull City

2-2: Monday, 15th September

Oops! And you all know why. Did his duties well enough, other than that, but wasn't the attacking threat that he has been. And hopefully he'll think before attempting a throw in like that again!

Southampton

1-3: Saturday, 30th August

Did his best on an all-round off-colour day.

Southampton

1-3: Saturday, 30th August

Tried to get forward but got so little cover or help from Vaz Te his effectiveness either defensively or in attack was severely limited.

Crystal Palace

3-1: Saturday, 23rd August

Another good run out. Looking very comfortable at thiis level so far (albeit against two average sides so far).

Crystal Palace

3-1: Saturday, 23rd August

Almost a 7, on the basis of his forward endeavours but... Nah!

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Saturday, 16th August

Good in defence. Good going forward. Good cal by the sponsors for MOTM.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Saturday, 16th August

A very promising debut. I may yet not regret McCartney's departure!

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Saturday, 16th August

A very promising debut. I may yet not regret McCartney's departure!
Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aaron Cresswell did not play for West Ham during this season.