'A tough place to go': West Ham's Cresswell praises Nottingham Forest

West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell has spoken about the Hammers' humbling loss to Nottingham Forest last season.

West Ham United were not afforded much sympathy when they exited the FA Cup to Nottingham Forest last year, but summer signing Aaron Cresswell could understand the defeat.

Forest ran riot against the Hammers in the third round of the competition last year, beating their Premier League hosts 5-0 in what was a memorable victory.

It was a result which raised eyebrows across the country but Cresswell, who remembers watching the match on television when he was playing for Ipswich Town, says that he wasn't too surprised the youthful West Ham side struggled so much due to his own experiences at the City Ground. 

“I can remember catching the TV highlights of the Nottingham Forest match,” Cresswell told the London Evening Standard.

“West Ham had injury problems and had a few young kids in the team. Speaking from experience, the City Ground is never an easy place to go to."

Cresswell, it seems, will be as bewildered as anyone then as to why Forest are struggling so badly this season.

The Reds are languishing in mid-table having won just twice in their last 19 matches and they look well short of the quality required to get promoted. 

The defender will have more pressing concerns on his mind tonight though, as his West Ham side take on Everton hoping to create better memories of the FA Cup this time around. 

Sam Allardyce is expected to name a strong line-up for the fixture, proving he has learned his lesson from last year's disaster. 

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