West Ham legend Dicks compares free-kick to his famous screamer

Aaron Cresswell

West Ham United legend Julian Dicks has compared Aaron Cresswell's stunning free-kick against Stoke City to his own famous strike against Nottingham Forest.

Julian Dicks, or The Terminator, who is the manager of West Ham's Ladies side, compared Cresswell's brilliant long-range effort against Mark Hughes' side to his own memorable screamer against Nottingham Forest almost 20 years ago to the day.

As a player, Dicks made 326 appearances in the claret and blue, scoring an impressive 65 goals and he recently made it into former boss Harry Redknapp's Sky Sports Fantasy Football Club all-time best team of players he managed.

Speaking on his blog for the Hammers' official website, Dicks praised the brilliance of Cresswell's goal but quipped that his might have been marginally better.

"It reminded me of the strike I put away against Nottingham Forest, but mine was further out!" Dicks said.

"Cresswell’s free kick was a great hit, to get it up and down over the wall and reverse it to the far corner was fantastic, it’s just a shame it wasn’t the winning goal"

Dicks also backed the Liverpudlian to get better and better with the more experience he gains in the Premier League.

"I haven’t had the chance to watch the men’s team this season, but from what I have seen I think he is a very good player.

"He’s still pretty young, hopefully he can go on leaps and bounds and keep on improving. He’s a very good player and I hope he builds on it."

Such is Cresswell's popularity at West Ham, he has even been hailed as the club's best left-back since Dicks, who was voted the supporters' Player of the Year four times between 1990 and 1997.

Cresswell looks set to be one closer to Dicks should he, as expected, win the same award in his debut season at Upton Park.

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