Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United in action during the Premier League game at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton.
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Aaron Cresswell says West Ham United will « do whatever it takes » to secure a place in Europe.
The left-back was part of the Hammers squad who are in for the first rounds of the UEFA Europa League qualified in 2015 and 2016, first to seventh place and second by leading the Premier League fair play table.
However, both runs ended almost before they were started by Romanian team Astra Giurgiu, and since then the irons haven’t made anywhere near another leap into continental competition – until now.
West Ham are in the last four Premier League games and are fifth in the Premier League table, five points behind third Leicester City, three points behind Chelsea in fourth place and just ahead of Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton.
With their European fate in their own hands ahead of Sunday’s home game against Everton, travel to Brighton and West Brom and a final at the London Stadium in front of 10,000 fans against Southampton, Cresswell is delighted with the prospect of what lies ahead.
“If there are 15 games left it’s a slightly different story, but now it is there are only four games left and we’ll give all we have by the end of the season and try to make everyone proud at home, « he told West Ham TV.
» That’s all we do as a player can do. Let’s see where we finish at the end of the season.
« It’s very pleasant. I’ve been here for seven years now and there aren’t many chances of you qualifying for Europe. We have four games left I’ve already said we’re going to give all we have and that’s all we can do.
“It’s an old cliché, but there are no easy games in the Premier League. Look at Monday night, Burnley has been down there all season and it’s been another tough game and challenge and Everton is going to be another but let’s see where we can go. «
West Ham’s fate is in their own hands as a result of their hard-fought 2-1 win at Burnley on Monday, which saw David Moyes’ side come down from a goal to three points and climb back into the top 5 via Spurs.
Cresswell was the team captain on his return from an injury and proud of the way the Hammers played on Turf Moor on a wet, cold and windy night .
« It was fantastic! » he smiled. « For the first 10-15 minutes we were a bit sloppy and obviously allowed them to go forward, but I thought when they went forward we did We equalized, which was a fantastic reaction, and we controlled the game afterwards. Another night we could have scored five or six goals.
« We were in control of the game and never felt injured but you know what Burnley is about. They are very physical and play a lot of long balls, especially in the background, and that’s where their goal came from.
« This is disappointing on our part, but what a way to respond by achieving our goals, and Like I said, I thought we controlled the game during the 90 minutes. «
While every West Ham player was great at Burnley, it was the recovering Mikhail Antonio who made the headlines and made his own return marked two well-hit goals, while Manuel Lanzini marked his own return to the team with an outstanding performance in an unfamiliar low-lying midfield role.
Mikhail Antonio (left) of West Ham United and Ben Mee (right) of Burnley battle for the ball during the Premier League game in Tuff Moor, Burnley. Issue date: Monday May 3, 2021.
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« Mick is a great player for us, everyone knows that, » added Cresswell. « He knows he could have done at least one hat trick as he still had a few chances that he should have scored, but it was a fantastic night for Mick who came back with two goals.
» Manu has in Didn’t play as much this season as he wanted but I thought he came in and was excellent. He gives you real control of the ball. He’s a smart player and a ball player and I thought the other one Side of his game, his pace of work, the stuck and the ups and downs on the pitch were exactly what we needed and he did a brilliant job. «
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