Published On: Sun, Nov 3rd, 2019

West Ham news: Aaron Cresswell delivers verdict on fans booing at half time | Football | Sport

Aaron Cresswell says West Ham fans were right to boo their own players at half-time on Saturday and admits the players are now looking nervously over their shoulders.

The side climbed to fifth in the Premier League after their 2-0 win against Manchester United at the London Stadium on September 22.

But four defeats and two draws later in all competitions, they are in the bottom half of the table and in free-fall.

“Was the booing of the fans justified at half time? Yeah – there is no beating around the bush,” Cresswell said.

“From our point-of-view it was not good enough today. It was obviously a really frustrating start. To be 3-0 down at home against Newcastle, with all due respect, is not good enough.

“It took us going 3-0 down to get a reaction.

“It is down to us at the end of the day how the fans react, and rightly so at times.

“We are the players and the ones who have to perform. That is not down to them.

“But we have got to create that atmosphere with the 11 players on the pitch and the three substitutes who come on. It is down to us.

“We have got to stick together now and get through this little tough period and come out the other side.”

The whole set up of the London Stadium cries out for a team that brings success to the pitch.

By the time West Ham enjoyed their late flourish, with goals from Fabian Balbuena and Robert Snodgrass raising hopes of an ill-deserved draw, there were vast white swathes of empty seats.

The damage had been done in a leaden-footed first half, when Newcastle could have been out of sight.

With the pace of Allan Saint-Maximim tormenting the older West Ham defenders, they were lucky that only Ciaran Clarke, Federico Fernandez and Jonjo Shelvey had found the net in the opening hour.

The move to their new home was built on the premise of regular Champions League football. The capitulation against a team struggling at the foot of the table gives a very different outlook for the rest of the season.

“We are not in a panic situation but considering the start we had to the season, it is frustrating that we have not kicked on and really had a right go,” Cresswell said.

“We are going through a tough period at the moment but hopefully we will come out of it soon.

“There are still 27 games or so to go and anything can happen during those 27 games. As I say, we certainly want to get back in that top half, kick on and see where that takes us.

“We are back on Monday now and we have got to work hard, review the game, see what went wrong and work on it through the week and look forward to Burnley.”

Club legend Alan Shearer sang the praises of the Newcastle front three on an afternoon when the goals came from two centre-back and a midfielder.

“A concern has been a lack of creativity and a lack of link-up play between those three, but they got the balance in terms of attacking play absolutely perfect,” the Match of the Day pundit said.

But he also admitted, “being critical Allan Saint-Maximim has to score” and “he should have put it into the back of the net the first time, and the second time, as should Miguel Almiron.”

Thank goodness, then, for the defenders, it would appear.

Ciaran Clark forced in the opener to set the club on their way and after Federico Fernandez and Jonjo Shelvey joined him on the scoresheet, Clark said the players do not care where the goals come from, as long as they keep coming.

“We wanted to come down and get the three points and we don’t care where the goals are coming from as long as we’re getting them,” he said. “We had a number of opportunities there and anyone can score them – we’re obviously really pleased with that.

“We are a bit disappointed with the way it ended up in the second half as we didn’t’ want to be battling like that and making it as difficult as we did for ourselves.

“But we can take the positives from the fact we stuck together and came through it.”

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