West Ham XI vs Silkeborg: Confirmed team news, starting lineup and injury latest for Conference League today

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West Ham XI vs Silkeborg: Confirmed team news, starting lineup and injury latest for Conference League today

David Moyes has both Aaron Cresswell and Craig Dawson starting to face Silkeborg this evening.

The defensive duo have trained after injuries, with Dawson only just returning from a thigh injury by making a late cameo against FCSB. Ben Johnson, meanwhile, is not fit to travel.

Ahead of their trip to Denmark in the Europa Conference League, Moyes also confirmed Maxwel Cornet starts, despite the artificial pitch West Ham are set to play on complicating matters further. Tomas Soucek is in the squad but would have been a doubt had Sunday’s meeting with Newcastle gone ahead, meaning he is only on the bench.

Club-record signing Lucas Paqueta also starts, while fellow summer arrival Gianluca Scamacca has been Moyes’ go-to striking option during the European campaign thus far.

After needing to come from behind last week, Moyes is looking for a quick-fire improvement from his side, who had to turn to more experienced players last week in order to get a result.

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"We didn’t enjoy how we were in the first half at all,” said the Scot on Wednesday.

“We picked up, but we’ve watched it back and we missed a lot of chances in the first half which would have made a difference. We did actually play some good stuff before half-time but missed chances.

"We changed it up in the second half and what we’ve got now is a stronger group who can do that."

Starting West Ham XI (4-3-3): Areola; Coufal, Kehrer, Dawson, Cresswell; Rice, Paqueta, Emerson; Cornet, Scamacca, Lanzini.

Injured; Ben Johnson