BBC pundit Garth Crooks has suggested that Chelsea defender Reece James learned a lesson from his battle with Aaron Cresswell.

Crooks included Cresswell in his team of the week feature on the BBC website and praised him for getting the better of James. Cresswell’s fake shot fooled James and the West Ham defender then scored the only goal of the game.

James is a highly-rated young player and some people are already backing him to get an England call-up. But Cresswell, who is now an experienced full-back in the Premier League, showed him that there is work to do.

Bursting down West Ham’s left flank, Cresswell received the ball from Pablo Fornals and pulled back his left leg as if he would shoot. When James committed to the block, Cresswell moved the ball onto his weaker right foot and found the bottom corner.


Garth Crooks on Aaron Cresswell

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Crooks wrote (via BBC Sport): “Just when you thought the youngsters at Chelsea were making real progress, an incident comes along to remind them the game is not as easy or as straightforward as they thought.

“A London derby defeat at home by a West Ham side in desperate need of points was that very occasion, and it would have hurt. Reece James has looked impressive for the Blues when he has been called on, but he fell for Aaron Cresswell’s feint to shoot with his favoured, and deadly, left foot.

“Cresswell then checked back to bury a superb strike on his right side. This was an outstanding performance by West Ham, and Cresswell in particular.”

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