West Ham defender offering no excuses for dismal defeat
PUBLISHED: 14:30 03 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:53 03 September 2018
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‘It is not good enough’ says Cresswell
West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell was not trying to suger-coat the truth when he came out to talk to the press following the disturbing 1-0 home defeat by Wolves.
“There is no hiding it,” said the full-back. “Four defeats, 10 goals conceded, it is just not good enough, simple as that and at this time we have go to stick together.”
It would be nice if they could do that on the pitch, but this looks like a disjointed, soulless and goalless team with few tactics.
“I think first half we let ourselves down, it wasn’t good enough. And then in the second half I thought we did a little better, but the way we conceded the goal in the last minute, that wasn’t good enough either.”
New manager Manuel Pellegrini brought in nine players during the summer, so has it been difficult for the new-look team to gel?
Cresswell doesn’t think so.
“We have had a lot of time together, I think it is over two months now including pre-season, but you have to hit the ground running because you don’t get time in the Premier League and we have to go again.
“There is enough character in this squad and what we say in the dressing room, stays there, we just have to concentrate on getting things right.”
Cresswell himself, escapes most of the criticism of the team. Saturday was his first Premier League match of the season and he is working hard on getting fitter after injury.
“I am feeling good,” he insisted. “I didn’t play any games in pre-season, but I played the full 90 minutes on Tuesday, though it wasn’t too physical as they were down to 10 men, it was a pretty easy game.
“This game was hot and it was a tough game, but all I can do is work on my fitness.”
He will be able to do that as the international break means no games this weekend, but that is a frustrating thing for the defender.
“It comes at the wrong time, especially on the back of four defeats,” he said. “You want to play the next day to put things right, but we have to wait two weeks to do that.
“We don’t want to be in this situation. We have to stick together as a team, as a squad and as a club.
“With the money we have spent we shouldn’t be anywhere near the bottom, but in reality that is where we are.”
An honest assessment, but now is the time for results and quickly.