Cresswell and Dawson could sit out Conference League clash over pitch

Aaron Cresswell and Craig Dawson could sit out Conference League clash with Silkeborg and remain on the sidelines as David Moyes refuses to take any risks on a plastic pitch

  • West Ham take on Danish side Silkeborg in the Conference League on Thursday
  • Silkeborg play matches on a plastic pitch at their 10,000-seater JYSK Park 
  • As a result, West Ham may choose not to risk Aaron Cresswell and Craig Dawson 

David Moyes admits Silkeborg’s plastic pitch has given him a selection headache ahead of West Ham’s Conference League clash in Denmark.

Defenders Craig Dawson and Aaron Cresswell are in the squad after spells out injured, but he may not risk them in Denmark on the super-fast turf of the 10,000-seater JYSK Park.

‘We respect that it’s an artificial pitch and we have some decisions to make,’ said the West Ham boss. ‘We’ll have a look at Craig and Aaron and check out what’s best for them.’

Aaron Cresswell (left) and Craig Dawson (right) may not play on Thursday due to a plastic pitch

Fellow defender Ben Johnson is still sidelined but midfielder Tomas Soucek and winger Maxwel Cornet have shaken off knocks.

Thilo Kehrer is expected to feature again after overcoming a tricky start to his West Ham career.

The defender, a £10million signing from Paris Saint-Germain, gave away a penalty on his debut against Brighton and then scored an own goal against Tottenham.

West Ham boss David Moyes accepted that the turf in Denmark has given him food for thought

But he has also showed glimpses of the form that has earned the 25-year-old 20 caps for Germany.

‘I feel like it’s been a kick-start directly into my West Ham career and it has been the best way to integrate,’ said Kehrer.

‘I’ve been involved straight away and for me it has felt good.

‘I didn’t have so many games in pre-season, so having my debut right away helped me. I feel like I’m getting there.

Thilo Kehrer has endured a tough start to life with West Ham but he is set to play in Denmark

‘I think as I have followed the Premier League before I knew that I would have to adapt and I think I am still doing that. It’s kind of what I expected and I’m enjoying that.

‘Obviously it’s important to have the belief from the manager. I had no games and rhythm from pre-season, so it’s been getting into it from a cold start and I’m trying to pay that confidence in me back.’

West Ham lie top of Group B after winning their first group match 3-1 against Romanian side FCSB last Thursday.




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