Collins reveals Cresswell has been working on his free kick technique

West Ham United defender James Collins has explained that Aaron Cresswell has been working on his technique in dead ball situations.

West Ham United defender James Collins has revealed on the club’s website that defender Aaron Cresswell has been working on his free kick technique.

Cresswell scored a bullet of a free kick over the weekend against Stoke City, but unfortunately for the Hammers star, his side were not able to hold on for a victory, as they conceded a goal in injury time.

“It’s a great free-kick and he’s worked on it a bit. We haven’t scored too many from direct free-kicks, I can hardly remember any, so for him to do that was great,” said Collins.

“If you go 1-0 up in the first seven minutes, you feel like you’ve got to push on and go to score more goals, not sit back and hang on, as we did on Saturday.”

West Ham’s manager Sam Allardyce has been left frustrated by the result, which wasn’t the first time the Hammers have conceded a late goal, which has cost them two points as they did the same thing in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham.

He’s likely to be stressing the need for complete concentration in training this week ahead of the game against Manchester City in the hope of seeing a positive reaction from his team at the Etihad Stadium.

It’s difficult for the Hammers because they have no real chance of a top six place and are safe from the scrap at the bottom, but that doesn’t excuse an inability to defend properly late into games when the team are on top.

The goal would have given Cresswell plenty of confidence but Allardyce will be hoping a big performance against City will remove the need for the Hammers to rely on another piece of magic from an unlikely source.

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