West Ham United travel to Crystal Palace at the weekend looking to end the theme which has spoiled their season.

The Hammers take on Palace fresh from a superb performance in a 1-1 draw with league leaders Liverpool on Monday night.

Manuel Pellegrini was down to the bare bones for the Liverpool clash and on the back of three dismal defeats in a row.

Indeed a shocking new statistic shows just how Pellegrini has suffered as a result of injuries this season.

As they have done so many times this season, though, West Ham rose to the occasion against a top six side and should have won the game.

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Inconsistency has dogged West Ham’s season

The Hammers head to Selhurst Park looking to put a stop to attitude problems which have dogged their season.

Pellegrini and several players including captain Mark Noble have admitted complacency against lesser clubs has been an issue for the East Londoners.

West Ham are determined to break that cycle knowing victory could push them up to eighth.

And nobody more so than defender Aaron Cresswell.

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Cresswell demands improvement

The left-back has been slowly but surely getting back to his best for the Hammers after an injury-hit 18 months.

The fed up full-back has echoed the sentiments of his teammates and manager over West Ham’s inconsistency.


Now in an interview with whufc.com Cresswell has demanded they put it right starting against Palace on Saturday.

“We’ve said in the dressing room why can’t we play like that (we did against Liverpool) all the time?” Creswell told the club’s official website.

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‘We should be top 8 minimum’

“We need to be a big team before we step up to the plate. Consistency over the 38 games is key.

“You look at the stadium, and there’s 60,000 fans here. We should be in the top eight. minimum.

“Over the course of the season you have ups and downs, but we want to finish strongly now over the rest of the season and hopefully push towards that top eight spot and see where it takes us.”

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