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Micah Richards says one West Ham player was to blame for 2-2 draw with Leicester

Micah Richards believes that Aaron Cresswell was to blame for West Ham United’s failure to beat Leicester City on Sunday.

The Hammers took the lead early in the game through a fine Jarrod Bowen strike.

David Moyes would have been delighted with the manner in which his West Ham side began the game at the King Power Stadium.

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We were totally in control up until a few minutes before the half-time break – that’s when it all began to go south.

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Aaron Cresswell inexplicably handled the ball inside his own box leaving Michael Oliver no option but to point to the spot.

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Youri Tielemans subsequently smashed home from 12 yards out to level the scores.

From there on out, the Hammers got worse and worse and the Foxes took advantage. Cresswell made another error by allowing Ricardo Pereira to nip in front of him at the far post and head home.

Micah Richards blames one West Ham player for failure to beat Leicester

The Sky Sports pundit is well-known to be one of the most jovial football pundits on television.

He can be no-nonsense as well when it comes down to it though.

Richards told Sky Sports (Sunday February 13th, 6:50pm) how Cresswell has to shoulder the blame for both of Leicester’s goals at the King Power Stadium:

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“He had the mistake for the first one, he was out of position for the second one. Cresswell is a player I really like, but he just had an off day today.”

Richards is right, Cresswell was to blame.

It must be said though, it wasn’t just an ‘off day’. Cresswell is often found wanting defensively, certainly from a positional perspective.

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The 32-year-old always seems to stand his ground rather than react and follow the opposing players’ runs. This has cost us on numerous occasions and is something that Moyes and his coaching staff must address.

Signed for just £4 million from Ipswich Town in 2014 (Mirror), Cresswell has been a great servant for West Ham.

There have been signs recently that time is catching up with him, however. Let’s just hope that it’s a mini-blip. He is still a vital player for West Ham, what with the exceptional deliveries he whips into the box.

Cresswell absolutely must address his defensive weaknesses though, if he is to continue to be a regular starter for the Hammers over the next couple of years.

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