By Beck Pascal

13th Jan, 2022 | 10:10pm

Cresswell sends 'difficult' West Ham message ahead of Leeds clash

Aaron Cresswell has delivered a ‘difficult’ message to his West Ham teammates as they prepare for Sunday’s (January 16) clash with Leeds United. 

The pair met at the London Stadium in the FA Cup last weekend with the Hammers knocking Marcelo Bielsa’s side out with a 2-0 victory. 

Cresswell is hopeful of the Irons repeating their win over the Whites as the two sides meet for the second time in one week. 

“Leeds are always a difficult team to play against,” the 32-year-old told whufc.com

“It’s always very high intensity and I thought the lads did well against them on Sunday in the FA Cup, so there’s no reason we can’t repeat that. 

“We’re looking forward to the game.”

 Caution 

The Hammers form looks to have returned in full force in recent weeks. 

Their 2-0 win over Norwich last night (January 12) was the fourth win in four games in the Premier League, lifting David Moyes’ team back into the highly disputed Champions League places. 

If the Irons want to stay there, they have to beat Leeds on the weekend with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United breathing down their necks. 

The Hammers totally outclassed Marcelo Bielsa’s team last week which will fill them with confidence that the victory can be replicated. 

West Ham must be cautious though. Playing a team twice in quick succession gives Marcelo Bielsa the chance to learn from the first defeat. 

Moyes must tweak the system slightly to ensure the Whites can’t figure out their methods from the first meeting and cause an upset at the London Stadium. 

One positive factor for the Hammers is the game being at home, once again the crowd can get behind the team as they look to build a successful season so far. 

In other Hammers news, Lukasz Fabianski hopes to remain at West Ham for much longer.