West Ham returned to winning ways in the Premier League at the weekend, as they got the better of London rivals Crystal Palace 1-0 away from home.
Manuel Lanzini’s goal in the 19th minute proved to be the difference between the two teams at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening.
Former Tottenham and West Bromwich Albion forward Crooks was following the match, and he was impressed with the performance of West Ham defender Winston Reid.
The 28-year-old New Zealand international started the game against Palace and played for the entire 90 minutes.
Crooks has warned West Ham that for them to retain their Premier League status for the 2017-18 campaign, they need to make sure that they improve their home form.
Slaven Bilic’s side have struggled to play well at the London Stadium so far this season, and the atmosphere on occasions has not been great.
“West Ham, who before this weekend were in the bottom three, needed the three points they earned against Crystal Palace and they defended well enough with 10 men to secure them,” Crooks wrote on BBC Sport.
“Admittedly, they needed a little luck and the penalty miss by Benteke was karma for an earlier miscarriage of justice on Aaron Cresswell by referee Martin Atkinson.
“Nevertheless, Reid's performance for the Hammers deserves to be singled out. West Ham were another team who played three central defenders and Reid was the lynchpin that kept them together.
“West Ham might have got away with this result, but if they are going to survive in the Premier League they must sort out their performances in their new state-of-the-art stadium, which dreadfully lacks atmosphere. I feel like I am watching a football match in the middle of the Nevada desert!”
West Ham are 15th in the Premier League table at the moment with seven points from eight matches, just a point above the relegation zone.