Cresswell: We want to take the game to Chelsea at London Stadium

Aaron Cresswell


Aaron Cresswell says West Ham United want to take the game to Chelsea at London Stadium on Saturday.

The Hammers came within a whisker of snatching a deserved point at Premier League leaders Manchester City last weekend by using a positive approach.

And the England left-back believes a similar mindset will stand them in good stead against the champions.

“It’s been really tough this season and we know it hasn’t been good enough from day one, and we know it’s only us that can turn it around,” said the 27-year-old. “The manager [David Moyes] has come in and he’s given us belief and now we just need the points to go with it.

“We played Man City and we took something from the game. Although we got beat, we dug deep and felt we deserved something out of the game. It wasn’t to be, so we’ve got to take on Chelsea now and get some points.

“The manager has instilled a work ethic. When you’re down in the bottom three, you can have the best players in the world, but if you don’t work hard, you certainly won’t win games and he has emphasised that and said ‘If you don’t run, you won’t play’ and the lads have listened and it’s certainly improved us.

“Organisation and running and work ethic are the key to everything and he’s certainly brought that through the door. You’ve got to do the gritty things and you’ve got to do the hard things and we’ve been out there doing that and working on our shape, our set pieces and how we’re going to take the game to Chelsea.

“We’re putting in the work but we haven’t picked up the points yet, so that’s the next thing we need to work on.”


Aaron Cresswell


Cresswell was handed a new left centre-back role at Manchester City last weekend, where he lined up in a back three alongside Declan Rice and Angelo Ogbonna.

With James Collins and Winston Reid potentially ready to return against Chelsea, the No3 could return to his regular full-back position.

Wherever he lines up, Cresswell is determined to show his best form after an admittedly indifferent start to 2017/18.

“I’ve not played as well as I’d have like to, to be honest, and I think if you ask every other player in our dressing room, they’d say the same thing.

“There is no margin for error in the Premier League and it’s tough when you can’t put your finger on why you’re not playing as you want to and confidence drops, but all you can do is work hard on the training ground and hopefully that will shine through on the pitch on matchday.

“We’ve got 23 games left now and we’ve got to do our best. The main thing is picking up points and if we get a few on the board then we’ll start enjoying our football again and climbing the table.”