West Ham’s ever-present full-back Aaron Cresswell says confidence was the main factor in the 2-1 win against current Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday (October 24).
Cresswell insisted the win against the Blues ended the Hammers’ spell of inconsistent form at home.
The 25-year-old said: “I don’t think we looked at the game as one where we had to win, but we are full of confidence at the moment, especially when we have played against the top teams – it happened again [against Chelsea].”
“It was one of our best first half performances this season – we were on it from the start. It always helps when you are getting three points away from home, but our form here has been up and down really. The Leicester and Bournemouth games were not good enough, but we did beat Newcastle at home and now this.”
The full-back delivered the inviting cross for match winner Andy Carroll who scored his first goal since January after a long lay-off with due to a serious knee injury.
Former Ipswich Town full back Cresswell said that the hard work Carroll has done to prove his match fitness is finally paying off.
“He is a fantastic player, who has been so unlucky with injuries,” said Cresswell. “It was great to see home come on again and to score the winner.
“Andy has been on my case about crossing the ball to him. He loves the ball in the box, so it was nice to cross it over to him and great to see him get on the end of it and put it in the net. All the hard work he has been going through over the last couple of months has paid off for him.”
The east Londoners momentarily occupied second position in the Premier League table – but now sit in third – mainly due to an impressive run of seven league games unbeaten.
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With the E13 club also still yet to taste defeat away from home this season. West Ham’s next game – another London derby this time against newly promoted Watford at Vicarage Road – should provide another opportunity to secure maximum points.
Cresswell said: “I don’t think it is a false position because our results have proved we should be up there, but it is still early days. There are only 10 games gone and there are another 28 to play, but we have just got to look forward to the next game and then the one after that and hopefully we can have a really good final season at Upton Park.
“We are not looking at matches as games we have to win, we are just taking each game as it comes. Away from home we have been fantastic, so hopefully we can do well against Watford at the weekend.”