West Ham have been a real threat from free-kicks and corners this season. And Aaron Cresswell has given credit to Kevin Nolan and Paul Nevin for their set-piece potency, when speaking to WHUFC.com.
Since football resumed after the first UK lockdown, David Moyes’s side have taken 32 points from a possible 63 in the Premier league. That’s an average of 1.52 points per game.
If West Ham carry that form on this season, we will definitely be in contention for a top seven spot.
And set-pieces have been key to the Hammers’ recent turnaround.
We are joint leaders with Chelsea in terms of goals scored from set pieces.
And we have conceded the second fewest too.
Aaron Cresswell spoke exclusively to the club’s official website and lauded Kevin Nolan and Paul Nevin for the impact they have had on our set-piece success:
“Set-pieces are massive. We’ve got Paul [Nevin] and Kevin Nolan who take a real shine to it and really sit down and work it out. Credit to them. You look at our set-pieces – not only the first contact, but the second phase, like when Tomas gets to the second balls. It’s a massive part of our game. Angelo stepped up again. Lucky for me, I put a good ball in and he’s got on the end of it and put one in for me!”
It’s great that we are such a threat from set-pieces now. It seems like we are always competitive because of it, regardless of what team we are playing.
Next up for West Ham is a game against Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Wednesday night.
And the Hammers will once again be looking to use their set-piece expertise to great effect. David Moyes’s men could jump inside the top four with a win over the Eagles. And absolutely nobody would have predicted that at the start of the season!
Long may it continue.