Aaron Cresswell is settling into life well at West Ham United and came so close to notching his first goal in claret and blue as he returned to his old club on Wednesday night.

Less than two weeks after joining the Hammers from Ipswich Town, 24-year-old defender Cresswell found himself back at Portman Road as his new team took on the Tractor Boys in a 0-0 draw.

Cresswell came closest of all to breaking the deadlock when his deft chip struck the crossbar, and although that chance went astray, he is happy at how his Hammers career has begun.

He said: "All the lads and all the staff have been great with me. We went to France for eight days and now we head to New Zealand on Thursday. It'll be a long journey, but an enjoyable one and I'll get to mingle with the lads and get to know them even more.

"Had the chip gone in, I think the goalkeeper Deano [Gerken] would still be chasing me now!

"I'd have been delighted if I had scored, but he wouldn't have been! I actually tried to put the ball to the back stick, but it ended up hitting the bar - it was one of those things."

And while a first West Ham goal was not to be, Cresswell still had plenty to smile about upon returning to his old stamping ground. The highly-regarded left-back was afforded the warmest of receptions, having been held in particularly high esteem by the Ipswich faithful.      

"It was a bit strange coming back. I was here for three years, but as I've said before it was nice to come back and see the lads I spent that time with." 

 "It meant a lot to get the reception I did - the fans have been first class with me, and since the day I left I haven't had one bad message. Everything's been positive and I can't thank them enough for the last three years."

On the pitch, the Scouser showed promising signs of a link-up with Matt Jarvis during the first half and he will be using the pre-season games to further that understanding with teammates all over the pitch.

He added: "Jarvo's obviously a great player and he's played in the Premier League for a number of years now.

"I'm just going to take each game as it comes, and whoever's in front of me I'll try to link up with them as best as I can.

"It's all about fitness, getting your heart rate up and getting your match fitness. I enjoyed it out there on Wednesday.

"We've got five games in pre-season and the more I play with the back four the more I'll get to know them." 

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