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Defender wants more of the same

Aaron Cresswell – making just his 10th appearance of the season – was delighted to make an impact on Thursday evening and is hoping for another opportunity on Sunday against Villa.

The Hammers  swept away SC Freiburg 5-0 – and 5-1 on aggregate and Cressie  scored the Irons’ third of the night – his first goal in 59 games with an effort into the right hand corner from just inside the box .

And the left-back enjoyed being a part of another special night under the lights at London Stadium, and being able to positively contribute to David Moyes’ side.

And afterwards he said: “I enjoyed that – it was a big game and I’m delighted to help the team. It was a great performance and result, so it was a perfect night all round.

“We’ve had big European nights before – the one that sticks out is Sevilla – it kind of felt like that going into the game 1-0 down.

“I felt the crowd were tremendous straight from the off. The performance from the start was brilliant, I thought we had the press spot on. We nullified them and created a few chances, and we could have scored more.

“From everyone who came on to the pitch – the starting XI and everyone involved was brilliant. It was a great night, and we’ve managed to make it three quarter-finals in three years.”

Defender wants more of the same

West Ham United now face Bayer Leverkusen in the 2023/24 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals during Friday’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland.

The Hammers will take on the German Bundesliga leaders in a two-legged tie, and Cresswell hopes he and his West Ham teammates can continue their impressive European run, while also harbouring ambitions of going two steps further than their agonising defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals of the same competition two years ago.

Aaron Cresswell

          Defender wants more of the same

However next we welcome welcome Aston Villa to east London on Sunday, and the defender has urged his side to finish strongly with the international break looming.

We’ve had some highs and lows, and certainly last summer topped that, winning the Europa Conference League,” said Cresswell.

It was a special night that will live long in the memory of everyone associated with the Club. I’m so happy for everyone involved – it’s a massive part of our history and hopefully we can have more nights like that.

“We’ve got to go again on Sunday, and like with any international break, you want to finish that round with a good win or result.

“If we can do that on Sunday it would be fantastic, but I think there are ten or eleven games to go in the league and we’re in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, so things are looking good. We’ve got to take that momentum into the next game, rest up in the international break and keep looking forward.”



About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

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