West Ham boss Allardyce wants to keep Cup hero Maynard

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce insists Nicky Maynard must stay.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce insists Nicky Maynard must stay.

Maynard was told he is an "important member of the squad" after a goal and a man-of-the-match performance helped West Ham to a 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over his former club Crewe.

"Nicky Maynard needed a game and he scored against his old team. He has put in a decent performance and that is all you can do - a decent performance and a goal," Hammers No2 Neil McDonald said.

"He is certainly a goal-scorer and he took his goal very, very well.

"He is involved all the time, he is on the bench. Nothing that I have heard (suggests he won't be here this time next week).

"He is an important member of the squad and he has put in a good performance today and given the manager something to think about, that's for sure."

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