Cresswell - We’re confident

Aaron Cresswell says West Ham United will seek to start Saturday’s game with AFC Bournemouth the same way they finished against Leicester City a week ago.

The Hammers produced a stirring second-half performance against the Foxes, scoring through Dimitri Payet and coming close to pulling off a deserved comeback from a 2-0 half-time deficit.

Cresswell says Slaven Bilic will be demanding that his team do not give themselves the same steep mountain to climb when they host the Barclays Premier League new boys at the Boleyn Ground.

“We played Arsenal away and got a 2-0 win and the three points, but against Leicester it wasn’t so good, especially in the first half when I think we were well off it and we weren’t good enough,” said the Hammer of the Year.

“After the first ten minutes it was all Leicester in the first half, but in the second half I thought we were excellent and we deserved more out of the game than we got.

“Overall I think we’re all fairly pleased with the way things are going. Obviously it’s still early doors for the new gaffer and his coaching staff and everyone is still getting used to each other, so hopefully the future is really good.”

Cresswell was an interested viewer as Bournemouth pushed Liverpool all the way before going down to a narrow defeat at Anfield on Monday evening – their second 1-0 defeat following an opening-day loss at home to Aston Villa.

“It was tough for them, as it’s the first time the club has been in the Premier League,” said the No3, who has made his own smooth transition from the Championship to the Barclays Premier League. “I watched them on Monday night against Liverpool and I thought they were excellent and unlucky not to get something out of the game.

“It’s the Premier League and we know it’s going to be tough week in, week out, and it doesn’t matter who you are playing, whether it’s Chelsea, Manchester United or Bournemouth, no disrespect. That said, we’re confident and looking forward to Saturday.

“You’ve got to treat every opponent with respect and work hard, because without those things you won’t get far and pick points up.”

If West Ham are to beat Eddie Howe’s side, one player who could be huge for the home side is recent signing Payet.

Cresswell has been impressed by the impact made by the France international, who has shone in both league matches so far and also chalked up an assist in the 2-0 win at Arsenal a fortnight ago.

“I think the new boys have been excellent so far,” he said. “It’s still early doors but I think Dimitri has been a fantastic signing and looks like he is a fantastic player. He has got a goal and an assist in the first two games, so hopefully he can carry that form on throughout the season and we can be consistent as a team.”