Date: 28th December 2016 at 3:18pm
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By Emma Sanders

Aaron Cresswell claims Andy Carroll’s return has been a major boost for his side and it is one of the reasons why they have performed so well in recent weeks.

West Ham started the season in poor form and found themselves in the relegation zone but three wins in as many fixtures has seen them pull away from the drop zone.

Their Boxing Day thrashing of Swansea was a real boost for Slaven Bilic’s side and Cresswell believes they have Carroll to thanks for a recent surge in performance.

Carroll was absent for over three months after he suffered a serious knee injury but he has started the last three games and it has coincided with an improvement in West Ham’s performances.

“He [Carroll] has been out quite some time and the shift he puts in is great to see. He’s massive for us. It was great to see him back when he scored against Arsenal,” said Cresswell, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

“He was excellent for us at Swansea and he has been since he came back, touch wood he can stay injury free and a big boost for him and for us.”

Carroll has featured in each of West Ham’s last five games and has scored two goals since his return, including a goal against Arsenal.

West Ham are now just four points off the top seven in the Premier League and currently sit in 11th position in the league table.

Carroll was highly praised following his performance against Swansea which was a show of huge improvement from Bilic’s side. The striker set up the first goal before volleying home his second goal in five games.

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