Hammers star's comments highlight the changing expectations at the Boleyn Ground

Aaron Cresswell

West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell has been one of the side's standout performers so far this campaign.

West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell's comments to the club's official site has rather highlighted the changing expectations at the Boleyn Ground after their dip in form more recently.

It was not too long ago that West Ham were talking up their chances of mounting a push for the top-four, after a blistering start, however Cresswell's comments today suggest they have reined in their ambitions slightly. 

The former Ipswich Town full-back now suggests that the Hammers' squad are looking to consolidate and ensure that they hold on to the eighth placed position that they are currently in. 

"We've got to look forward to Sunday's game [against Manchester United] and go into the game full of confidence," he said. "We're still eighth in the league after 23 games and there's no reason why we can't stay there."

The Hammers went into the season as a side expected to be languishing in the bottom-half, but they have defied predictions and actually been one of the most impressive sides in England.

Strong defensively and threatening going forward, there are few weaknesses in their team and they have picked up some memorable scalps along the way.

Home wins over Manchester City and Liverpool have proven that they can compete with the best and, although their form more recently has shown that they may not quite have the capabilities to mount a sustained European challenge, if they can claim an eighth place finish come May they still will have had a very productive year.

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