West Ham: Sending off and missed chances cost us, says Cresswell

By Rob Virtue on August 18, 2014 9:28 AM |

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West Ham's new signing Aaron Cresswell said a host of misses and the second-half sending off of James Collins cost his side on Saturday, writes Jack Pinnock.

With his first appearance in England's top flight under his belt, Cresswell felt disappointed at the result, claiming his new side were the better team throughout.

Eric Dier's late goal saw Tottenham defeat West Ham 1-0. Kyle Naughton was shown a first-half red card for Spurs before Collins went the same way after the break.

"In the first half we had numerous chances and if Nobes had put in the pen I think it would have been a different story," said the defender, signed from Ipswich in the summer.

"We have had a good few chances to have secured the game, but we have been hit by a sucker punch in the last minute.

"I think if we had taken a chance when they went down to 10 men, we would have gone on to win the game comfortably, but when it then goes to 10 each, it is a totally different game, it is anyone's game really. It is a big pitch for 10 v 10 we were the ones who conceded the goal."

After starting his career at League One side Tranmere Rovers, the young Liverpudlian made the step up to Championship outfit Ipswich Town.

He was voted in the 2013/2014 PFA Championship team of the season and Allardyce was quick to realise the potential of the talented left back.

Despite the loss at the weekend, Cresswell was voted man of the match. However, he said that it was about the team performance which was more encouraging, while he also added that making the step up from the Championship to the Premier league is very exciting for him.

"It is not really about individual performances, it is more about the team and getting the three points," he said. "On a personal note, me making my Premier League debut is a massive proud moment for me, but as I say, most important is the team's result and we didn't get that today.

"Of course, it is most probably the best league in the world and the best players come to play here from all over the world. Everyone is a lot quicker and the games are a lot faster tempo, so it is a learning curve for me and I am just going to take each game as it comes."

Sam Allardyce's teams are meant to boast strong defensive play, but Cresswell's attributes illustrates that the manager is listening to the owners demands of more attacking football in all areas.

The young full back certainly can cope with the pressures of the Premier League, and handled the likes of Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend incredibly well.

"It's still a game of football at the end of the day, so I just used everything I have learned since I was a little boy," he said. "Things were a lot faster and there are a lot better players here, so it will be a learning curve for me.

"Lennon and Townsend are two great players and internationals, but you are going to come up against that week in, week out."

Cresswell will be looking for a similar performance from the game against Spurs, but hopes for a different result, as they tackle their second London derby in succession when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.