Cresswell plays down obvious reason for West Ham's slump in form

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West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell is refusing to blame the club's safety as the reason behind their inconsistent results.

West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell has explained to the club’s website that the side’s Premier League safety can’t be used as an excuse for their recent form.

The Hammers fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Leicester City last weekend, which was a fourth defeat the side has suffered in their last five games.

A suggested reason for the slump in form is the idea that West Ham effectively have nothing to play for, but Cresswell has dismissed that notion.

“I don’t think the fact that we’re safe is any excuse, it shouldn’t be. We’re all winners, we’re professional,” he said.

“We’ve had some tough games recently but it’s not an excuse though. With seven games to go we have to try and get any many points as possible.”

West Ham have 42 points, which is normally more than enough to stop a side going down from the Premier League.

The tally puts the Hammers ninth in the table and Allardyce needs to try and find a way to keep the side motivated and give them something to aim for by the end of the campaign.

The gap to eighth place is currently four points and considering how well the Hammers played over the first portion of the season, a position in the top eight is the minimum that the side should be aiming for.

Next up for West Ham is a game against Stoke City this weekend, which will be just as tough as any of the games the side has encountered in their last five fixtures.

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