Cresswell - The atmosphere was incredible



  • Aaron Cresswell praised the West Ham supporters as they roared the Hammers to a 1-0 London derby victory
  • The hosts beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 thanks to Manuel Lanzini’s second half strike
  • Cresswell returned to the starting XI for the fixture and was delighted to do so for such a huge match

The atmosphere at London Stadium after West Ham United's huge 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Friday was incredible, according to Aaron Cresswell.

The left-back returned to the starting lineup for the vital London derby and played a massive part as the hosts grabbed all three points thanks to Manuel Lanzini's winner.

Slaven Bilic's side ended Spurs' nine-match winning run in the Premier League while securing their place in the top flight for next season at the same time.

And though the team's performance was one to remember against Mauricio Pochettino's men, it was the supporters on the night who stood out in Cresswell's eyes.

He said: "It's possibly one of the best games I've played in in a West Ham shirt, and certainly the atmosphere was brilliant.

"It's a massive win and I'm sure he fans will have enjoyed it. It's happy days for everyone - three points.

"The game finished and I was over the far side with Nobes and Ginge and you're looking at the crowd, seeing how happy they are and singing and dancing after the game, and that's what you live for as footballers. 

I was over the far side with Nobes and Ginge and the crowd were singing and dancing after the game. That's what you live for as footballers.

Aaron Cresswell

"The fans put bums on seats every week, they're there in their numbers so it's nice to give something back and it's nights like this that I'm sure they enjoy."

Cresswell has been forced to be patient in recent weeks with Arthur Masuaku impressing in the left-back berth, but the 2015 Hammer of the Year was delighted to make his return in such a high-profile fixture.

"It's nice to be back in the team," the defender admitted. "You want to play in massive games like this and they're pushing for the title.

"We all know we haven't had a great season, but that in a way makes it even better beating Spurs and more or less stopping them win the title. 

"Spurs had a few chances first half but we could have been two or three up at certain points in the game. Manu got the goal late on, and you can't beat a 1-0 win with a clean sheet.

"Everyone out a real shift in, especially Jonny [Calleri] up top. Every time he has got a chance in the team, he's worked so hard. He really has.

"It's a massive win and I'm sure he fans will have enjoyed it."