Cresswell delivers yet again

Walking down the Boleyn Ground tunnel following Saturday's magnificent 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over Manchester City, Andy Carroll wore a broad grin on his face.

"I can't wait to play with West Ham United centre forward, who could be back in action within two to three weeks, "because his delivery is out of this world!"

Meanwhile, Cresswell himself was gathering his family members together before heading home, having chalked up a match-winning assist for Diafra Sakho and helped the Hammers to another outstanding victory.

While Carroll will have to wait a little longer to benefit from the left-back's outstanding left foot, Sakho and company are already enjoying his inch-perfect deliveries.

Cresswell's outstanding crossing was only matched by his outstanding work-rate, which pushed the champions back into their own half time and time again.

A determined character, the former Tranmere Rovers and Ipswich Town man has taken his top-flight chance with aplomb since his summer arrival from Portman Road.

"Manchester City have spent over £300m in the last few seasons so to beat them was a massive result for us," said the ever-present defender, who also set up Sakho's opener at Burnley the previous weekend.

"We were talking before the game about the fact they are always on the move, their two centre forwards, two wide players and two centre midfielders are always moving around, so it was a tough test for us.

"We came out of the blocks straight away in both halves and obviously got the two goals.

"You cannot just stand off players of that quality because, if you do, you are going to get picked off. They will always get a few chances, but the Gaffer's tactics were spot-on, we pressed them from the off and it worked for us.

"It was nice to get a little assist but the main thing would have been to get a clean sheet. That wasn't to be, but we'll take the three points."

West Ham return to action at Stoke City on Saturday. Tickets are still available for the trip to the Britannia Stadium here.