Aaron Cresswell recalls the day he downed Newcastle

Aaron Cresswell celebrates scoring against Newcastle United in November 2014


It is four years to the day since Aaron Cresswell continued his impressive start to life as a West Ham United player with his first goal in Claret and Blue.

Incidentally, the summer 2014 signing from Ipswich Town broke his Hammers duck with the winner against the same club West Ham face this coming weekend, Newcastle United.

Cresswell’s big moment came eleven minutes after half-time at the Boleyn Ground, when he stole in behind the Magpies defence to latch onto Cheikhou Kouyate’s wayward shot and prod past goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
Alan Pardew’s visitors would have Moussa Sissoko sent-off as the Irons held on to secure a hard-fought Premier League victory.

“I just carried my run on, and I think Cheik’s gone for the shot but luckily it fell for me,” No3 recalled. “I tapped it in and I couldn't be any happier.

“It was a good day all round. As a defender you can't ask for much more than a clean sheet.

“We got that and if you can get an assist or goal as well then great. I've scored my first goal in the Premier League and I'm very proud of that.”


Aaron Cresswell celebrates scoring against Newcastle United in November 2014


For Cresswell, scoring a winning goal that lifted West Ham to fifth in the Premier League table was all the sweeter as it ended a run of three top-flight matches without a win.

The Irons had drawn 2-2 at Stoke City, 0-0 at home to Aston Villa and lost 2-1 at Everton in their previous three games to drop out of the top four, but victory over Newcastle sparked a run of four wins in five that saw Sam Allardyce’s side rise to fourth at Christmas 2014.

“We had a look at the Villa game and we deserved to win that one but couldn't score, then we had a tough one at Everton, where maybe we could have taken something from it, so to get back to winning ways was great!”

While West Ham would fade in the New Year to finish 12th, losing at Newcastle on the final day of the season in Allardyce’s last game in charge, Cresswell would crown an impressive debut season in which he started all 38 Premier League matches by being voted Hammer of the Year.