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Hammer’s thoughts on his great night

Aaron Cresswell made a historic appearance ain Demark when he reached his 300th appearance in West Ham colours on Thursday night.

Cress has been a hero over eight years for the Irons since joining under Sam Allardyce from Ipswich Town and has spoken of his pride of the time he has spent at the club.

He was of course delighted to play his part in the 3-2 win over Silkeborg in the all- important 3-2 UEFA Europa Conference League Group B victory over the Danish side.

That meant the Hammers made it two wins from two at the start of our latest European campaign, keeping us at the top of the group, two points clear of our next opponents Anderlecht.

With tricky opponents and an unfamiliar surface to overcome, Cresswell was delighted to get the job done on a chilly evening in Jutland.

And speaking to www.whufc.com afterwards the left back said: “It’s a great milestone and I’m proud to make 300 appearances for West Ham. I never dreamt that I’d play that many when I joined West Ham to be honest.

“300 down, but more importantly tonight was three points in the group. These places aren’t easy to come to – and no excuses, but it’s really difficult with the [artificial] pitch. It’s not what we’re used to and to be fair to them they play some good stuff.

“After they scored the first goal I thought we controlled the game and felt we deserved the win.”

Aaron Cresswell in action at Silkeborg

 

Now, with consecutive games against Anderlecht to follow, Cresswell insists his team will not be taking it easy as they aim to secure rapid progression to the knockout phase.

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“We’ve just been talking about it inside the dressing room. We’ve now got Anderlecht back-to-back and we want to win all the games we play in this group,” the No3 continued.”

“We won’t rest on our laurels and think we’ve got easy games because we certainly haven’t. You’ve got to give these type of teams respect and I think we did that.

Cresswell lauded the quality in the east Londoners’ squad following our summer transfer activity saying:  “We had one of the smaller squads last year. We were really lucky with injuries which was a big factor in doing well in both the Premier League and Europa League.

“There’s competition all around the squad now which can only be healthy for the boys. To play Thursday-Sunday near enough every week isn’t easy and sometimes it’s good to have rotation.

“Look, we’ve got a fantastic squad now and we want to kick-on. We’ve got another quick turnaround now and another away game. We’ve got to recover as best as we can now. We stayed over in Denmark on Thursday night to prep and do everything right.

“It’s a tough game against Everton away and we’ll look forward to it.”

 

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon