By Harvey Byrne
David Gold has labelled referee Martin Atkinson’s decision to send off West Ham full-back Aaron Creswell as “embarrassing” following the clash against Crystal Palace.
The Hammers battled to a 1-0 victory on Saturday afternoon with a Manuel Lanzini goal, but it wasn’t plain sailing for the east London side with star left-back Cresswell receiving his marching orders after 76 minutes.
The 26-year-old left the pitch early after two bookings, one for simulation and the other for a foul on Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha.
The decision by the official was much maligned and co-owner Gold has taken to his personal Twitter account on Sunday evening to call the decision a bad one, highlighting that the officials don’t have the benefit of TV replays.
The Hammers have struggled in their early fixtures in the new campaign, but they will be hoping the victory against Palace can push them on from their current 15th place.
They will be without Cresswell in their next clash against bottom of the league Sunderland with the club unable to appeal two yellow cards.
Experienced defender Alvaro Arbeloa will be likely to cover for Cresswell in defence with Arthur Masuaku also injured, but Hammers fans will be expecting their side to still be able to beat David Moyes’ side who have just two points from eight matches.