Aaron Cresswell praises West Ham's new system

Aaron Cresswell has said that he is enjoying West Ham's new playing system.

Aaron Cresswell praises West Ham's new system
Aaron Cresswell in action during West Ham's 2-0 defeat to Everton | Photo: Arfa Griffiths - Getty Images

West Ham United full-back Aaron Cresswell, has admitted that he is enjoying playing in the side's new system, and hopes that it can bring them victory on Saturday against Stoke City

Suiting him well 

Cresswell has started to come back into his own in Slaven Bilic's side, having missed the opening to the campaign through injury. The last few weeks have also seen a change in style for the Hammers, with Bilic opting for a three-man defence with wing-backs. 

It seems to have worked, with the change coinciding with their four game unbeaten run, and despite the minor blip with Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Everton, Cresswell believes that the new system can work once again when Mark Hughes' Stoke side visit the London Stadium this weekend. 

"I am enjoying the new system," Cresswell told whufc.com "It's nice to get forward in that formation, trying to create and get up the field to get the ball in the box, it suits me."
 
He continued: "I was saying to the fitness coach and the physio that I'm feeling better than Wednesday night. It takes time, you can do all the training in the world but you can't beat getting minutes on the pitch."
 
The 26-year-old added that his knee feels good following his comeback and that" I am looking forward to the next few games.”

Above: Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini celebrating in West Ham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace | Photo: Getty Images
Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini celebrating in West Ham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace | Photo: James Griffiths - Getty Images

Not a must win game

The Hammers have recorded great wins over Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Chelsea over the past few weeks, but despite that, many are saying that the clash with the Potters is a must win game, however Cresswell believes that is certainly not the case. 

"Stoke is not a must win game. Of course we want to win it but it is not must win," he said. “We don't deserve to label it that because we have had some good results recently and been on a good run."

Cresswell concluded: “We just need to get back to that again this weekend."

West Ham United will take on Stoke City at the London Stadium on Saturday, November 5 with kick-off at 3pm BST.