Cresswell: Hammers must keep improving, starting with Burnley


Aaron Cresswell says he and his West Ham United teammates must keep improving ahead of Saturday’s match against Burnley at Turf Moor.

Prior to the international break, the Hammers secured a win at home to Swansea thanks to a last-minute winner, the value of which cannot be understated according to the left-back.

Cresswell understands Burnley will be a tough game, given their impressive start to the season, but he is optimistic the team can end their good run of form.

The 27-year-old stressed the Hammers must continue their winning ways and take their experience and feeling of winning from the Swansea game into today’s tie.

We want to stop their good run, put in a good performance and come away with three points

Aaron Cresswell

Cresswell told “It was a massive win against Swansea. It wasn’t a big performance from us, but the main thing at this stage was to get the three points and that’s what we did. We need to take that experience and feeling of winning into the Burnley game. We’ve got to keep on improving and get more points on the table.

“It is not going to be an easy game, they’ve had a fantastic start from their point of view but we want to stop their good run, put in a good performance and come away with three points.”

Cresswell comes in the Burnley game on the back of a first England start and first competitive appearance for his country, helping the Three Lions to a 1-0 win in Lithuania on Sunday.

The full-back called it a ‘dream come true’ to play for England competitively but insists his focus is now firmly back on club football and helping the Irons climb up the league table.

Cresswell England

“I’ve had a couple of caps before but never a full competitive debut”, he said. “When you’re a young boy, you dream of starting for your country, putting on that England jersey and playing a competitive game was a dream come true for me.

“Now it’s back to reality with West Ham and the main thing you have to do now is impress for your club and try do the best you can.”

Despite his new status as a fully fledged international, Cresswell has revealed West Ham skipper Mark Noble is stopping him from getting too big headed by sending him to make his drinks.

“Yes he [Noble] always like a little tea every now and then”, he laughed. “This place is always about keeping your feet on the ground and I’ve always done this, never get ahead of myself.”

Cresswell and Bilic

Cresswell has also hailed the support of the ‘fantastic’ supporters that West Ham boasts and says it is up to the squad to repay that faith.

“We have such fantastic fans that fill up the stadium, we play at an incredible stadium, everything about the club is fantastic.

“It’s down to us as players to keep our form up and give the fans something to shout about and be positive, they deserve it.”