By Saikat Mandal

21st Oct, 2021 | 9:39pm

Joe Cole delivers verdict on Craig Dawson's goal in West Ham v Genk

Joe Cole has showered heaps of praise on Craig Dawson after he scored the opening goal for West Ham against Genk in their Europa League clash.

The Hammers created loads of chances during the first half, with Aaron Cresswell arguably being the best player during that period, enjoying loads of freedom on the left-hand side.

On the brink of half-time, Cresswell’s out-swinging corner was met by Dawson, who looped a header goalwards which took a deflection and crept under the crossbar.

Although the Genk defence should have done better in preventing that goal, the looping header from Dawson was powerful enough to give West Ham a deserved and much-needed lead at the break.

Cole, live-on-air, told BT Sport: “With Dawson, you have got to get someone blocking, if you give him a run-up and then a header, against anyone in Europe, he can sneak in. It’s fantastic, that’s what he is good at.”

Towering header

Dawson has proved he is exceptional in the air, and Cole is absolutely spot on about him. In the previous Europa League game, Dawson came close to scoring as well, but that time it struck the crossbar.

In fact, under David Moyes, the Hammers have been exceptional from set-pieces. Last season, they scored the most number of goals in the league from set-pieces, and the same trend continues here as well.

What will frustrate Moyes is that West Ham created some very good chances in and around the box, but they were missing the finishing instinct of Michail Antonio.

The likes of Jarrod Bowen, Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini at times failed to anticipate deliveries, either from the right or left, leaving the area vacant.

With Angelo Ogbonna also scoring from a corner against Everton at the weekend, hopefully this trend can continue and become a real weapon this season.

In other West Ham United news, Fabrizio Romano has claimed that this ‘Awesome’ star is set to make a decision on his future amid Irons interest