Aaron Cresswell: Pundit issues 'big' claim as West Ham controversy analysed
Kevin Phillips has claimed Aaron Cresswell’s suspension is “a big blow” to West Ham ahead of the return leg in Lyon.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Sunderland and England striker said the 32-year-old “will be missed” after his controversial sending off in the drawn first leg.
Cresswell was shown a straight red card by referee Felix Zwayer after he pulled down Lyon striker Moussa Dembele outside the 18-yard box.
The left-back was adjudged to have denied a clear goalscoring opportunity, even though Dembele was going away from goal.
The Hammers will be without the suspended Cresswell when they travel to Lyon on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa League quarter final.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on Cresswell’s absence, Phillips said:
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“To lose a player of Cresswell’s quality for the second leg is a big blow.
“They managed well with 10 men in the game the other night but it is far from ideal. West Ham have a tough task now to get a result at their place.
“It is a real shame that Cresswell got sent off and is going to miss the second leg because these are the games you want to play in. He’ll be missed, that’s for sure.”
Speaking post-match, David Moyes told Football.London (8 April): “I don’t really want to talk about the referee’s decisions.
“Nothing else to say about it.”