Defender offers same old useless words


Defender offers same old useless words

There’s little worse after a seriously poor performance than a player declaring that we must get better. But after the shocking defeat by Bristol City in the FA Cup Third Round replay we got an instant replay of such garbage from Aaron Cresswell. The same old useless words

Defender offers same old useless words

It’s as dreadfully predictable as last night’s performance and several like it during last season and this. We are sitting in sixth place in the Premier League but two horrible defeats in both domestic Cups tells you more than you want to know about this squad when weakened teams are put out.

Moyes‘ response was to remind us of the League position and that we are still in Europe – well he would wouldn’t he because he is a bloke who rarely takes responsibility for such appalling West Ham football as we saw last night. Once again the full range of missed opportunities, loss of possession and misplaced passes  such as that which led to the winning goal

And on top of it all was the shameful nonsense we saw from the increasingly dreadful Said Benrahma who, in getting the most needless red card, wrecked any serious chance of us getting back into the game. The only word to apply to that was idiocy,

Then came the poor Cresswell at 34 years of age unable to say anything other than ” we must put that right on the training pitch,”

We have a duty to report this stuff so here’s what he said:

“Credit to Bristol City, but we know we weren’t good enough tonight and it’s up to us to react now. We wanted to go as far as possible in the FA Cup – as we do in every competition we play in – so we’re all gutted we’re out.

“We’ll go back to the training ground and do what we can to make sure we’re ready for Sunday now. We have another big game back in the Premier League, and hopefully we can come back from that with the right result.”

Aaron Cresswell clashes with Bristol City's Taylor Gardner-Hickman

He added: “I felt the sending-off changed the game. I haven’t seen it back so I’m not sure whether or not it should’ve been a red card, but it did have an impact! Oh dear – usual excuses.

“Throughout the game we could have done more and been in better positions at times, but I felt we were somewhat in control until then. After that, we couldn’t really get going and we found it difficult.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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