Cress­well looks to turn West Ham fans’ jeers to cheers

Hosts’ con­fi­dence is low af­ter long win­less streak Bruce up­beat as front three gel for New­cas­tle

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Aaron Cress­well ad­mits Manuel Pel­le­grini’s West Ham United play­ers could have no com­plaints about be­ing booed for a dis­play that shows the op­ti­mism around a pos­i­tive start to the sea­son is fad­ing fast.

The man­ager could not dis­guise his con­cern af­ter the 3-2 loss to New­cas­tle United. Reme­dies are needed and left-back Cress­well ad­mits the squad’s con­fi­dence has been af­fected by a run of six win­less games.

“I think that is ob­vi­ous,” he said. “We have not won for a few games now and go­ing for­ward, it is not quite there. We need that lit­tle break in a game. But it should not take be­ing two or three goals down to New­cas­tle to get a re­ac­tion.”

The re­ac­tion to a poor first-half dis­play that saw New­cas­tle es­tab­lish a two-goal lead through head­ers from Ciaran Clark and Fed­erico Fernandez sug­gest that the sup­port­ers are im­pa­tient. “It is down to us at the end of the day how they re­act and rightly so at times,” said Cress­well. “There is no beat­ing around the bush. From our point of view it was not good enough.”

Steve Bruce be­lieves New­cas­tle are com­ing out of their own tough pe­riod af­ter a test­ing start and the man­ager thinks his front three of Joelin­ton, Miguel Alm­iron and Al­lan Saint-max­imin are be­gin­ning to gel de­spite scor­ing just one league goal be­tween them so far.

Saint-max­imin in par­tic­u­lar stood out against West Ham. “I said from the first mo­ment I saw him, he’s go­ing to ex­cite you and take you off your seat,” said Bruce. “If he stays fit and healthy, there’s things he must im­prove on but he’s got that nat­u­ral abil­ity which not many peo­ple have. He just has to im­prove in the fi­nal thing, take the right pass, but that hope­fully will come with time and ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause he’s only 22.”

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