West Ham star Cresswell let down by one thing after Frankfurt red: Whelan

By Noel Whelan

7th May, 2022 | 11:28am

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Noel Whelan has suggested Aaron Cresswell needs work on “certain things” in West Ham training after being sent off against Eintracht Frankfurt.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 32-year-old showed his “naivety” after picking up his second red card in three European games.

In footage relayed by BT Sport on Thursday (5 May), Cresswell was dismissed for hauling down Jens Petter Hauge as the last defender.

The defender was also sent off for a similar offence in the Irons’ 1-1 draw with Lyon last month.

Whelan insisted Cresswell’s “instincts” had “let him down”.

He suggested the left-back needs to “look at his game” to avoid making the same “mistake” moving forward.

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Asked if Cresswell was reckless to allow himself to be caught in a similar situation as the quarter-finals, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah. I think so.

“When you’re looking at the game beforehand, to get yourself into that same situation and make the same mistake, it’s that naivety of a player.

“But sometimes in the heat of the moment, the heat of the battle, it’s just instinct. The instinct has let him down.

“There’s something that he might need to look at in his game in training. He might need to change certain things, not get caught out in those positions.

“But again, it’s very difficult when you’re playing at 100-miles-an-hour in a high-intensity game in the semi-finals.

“It’s easy for me to sit here because I’ve made the same mistakes like that. It’s instinct at times that makes you make these mistakes and these decisions.”

Cresswell’s two recent red cards are the only ones he has been shown in 290 games for West Ham.

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