Aaron Cresswell has rued the slow start West Ham United made in their 2-0 defeat at Cardiff City on Saturday, as they missed out on the chance to close the gap on 7th-placed Wolves to just one point.

Junior Hoilett was left with bags of space inside the box just four minutes in to fire the home side in front before West Ham started dismally in the second-half too and conceded to Victor Camarasa on 52 minutes to concede defeat.

After full-time, Cresswell explained to West Ham TV that the Hammers made a tough game even tougher by starting so poorly.

“The start to the first half wasn’t great and them getting the early goal put us on the back foot. [You can’t let their player] be in so much space three yards from goal. We knew it was going to be a tough game with the way they set up to play and they certainly did that. We couldn’t get that goal to put them on the back foot. We weren’t good enough.

West Ham now have two winnable home fixtures against Huddersfield and Everton to round off March as Manuel Pellegrini’s side continue to hunt for a spot in next season’s Europa League qualifying stages.

The club currently sits four points behind Wolves and Watford in 9th, with the former set to travel to Chelsea today, in what is poised to be an exciting mid-table finish to the campaign.

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