Disappointed Aaron Cresswell admits Leicester draw feels like defeat after injury-time equaliser

Aaron Cresswell

The West Ham United left-back thought he had secured a win for his side with a fine goal four minutes from time.

West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell was transparent in his frustration after the final whistle of the 2-2 draw at Leicester City on Sunday, admitting to the club's official website that the result felt like a defeat.

Cresswell thought he had given his side the three points four minutes from time when he scored with a fine volley soon after Andy Carroll's penalty had equalised for the visitors at the King Power Stadium.

However, referee Jon Moss made perhaps the most contentious of a series of questionable decisions in injury-time, awarding the hosts a penalty which was converted by Leonardo Ulloa to salvage a point for the Foxes.

Victory would have seen the Hammers move to within a point of Manchester United in fifth and close the gap again on Manchester City in the race for a Champions League spot.

As it is, however, their top-four hopes have been left hanging by a thread after the last-gasp equaliser, and Cresswell admitted his huge disappointment at the final outcome.

The left-back told the club's website: "It’s very disappointing, especially being 2-1 up with a couple of minutes to go and they get a penalty. I haven’t seen it back, to be fair, so I don’t know if it was a penalty, but it feels like a defeat and it’s very frustrating that we haven’t walked away with the three points.

"I thought we started the game excellently, then Leicester grew into the game and obviously Vardy got the goal and they went in 1-0 up at half-time. His sending-off changed the game in our favour, you could say, and we thought we’d go on and get the three points, but we’ve ended up with a point today.

"We didn’t hold on for the three points, which was very disappointing. I think, because we had the defeat against Man United in the FA Cup, it shows our heads haven’t gone down and our season’s not finished. We’re going to keep pushing on and try to finish as high up that table as we can."

Slaven Bilic's side will have to get over their disappointment quickly as the games continue to come thick and fast over the next few weeks in the run-in to the end of the season.

The Hammers host Watford at Upton Park on Wednesday night as they look to get back on track.

Read more at http://www.whufc.com/News/Articles/2016/April/17-April/Cresswell-It-feels-like-a-defeat?#cPAvtdxpQdXFa1Ou.99I think, because we had the defeat against Man United in the FA Cup, it shows our heads haven’t gone down and our season’s not finished,” he concluded. “We’re going to keep pushing on and try to finish as high up that table as we can.”
 
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