Aaron Cresswell and Darren Randolph gave interviews to the official site, whufc.com, and spoke about a few different subjects. The pair have been vital parts of the Hammers success this season, with both of them coming up big at various times during the season. Randolph, in particular, has been a key performer with a number of big saves, including a critical one against Liverpool that helped secure a point on the road against a title contender.
Cresswell was featured as the “big interview” on the site, and answered a number of questions. He praised Andy Carroll in particular, saying “He is going into every game believing he can score and for any striker it is all about confidence. When you have that mindset that no-one is going to stop you it can only bring the best out of him.”
Cresswell also stated that it was very important to have the fans behind them at the London Stadium, and that away at Southampton, the fans made so much noise that at times they felt as if they were the home team, which helped propel the team to the first win at Southampton in 17 years. He stated that “the atmosphere in the recent game against Crystal Palace was unbelievable and if we can replicate that every week it will be fantastic.”
Darren Randolph also had positive things to say about the performance against the Saints, as despite an early goal from Manolo Gabbiadini, on his debut for Southampton. Gabbiadini, who recently transferred from Napoli to the English south coast in the January transfer window, looked to give the Hammers problems all game, but after the first goal, the team seemed to hold it down, with Randolph playing a key part. Randolph said “I did make a save after their goal in the first half, so obviously that makes you feel better and in the second half I made some saves and that has helped us to get a victory.”
The team has won six out of the last nine games, and while the performance against some of the top teams hasn’t always worked out like anyone would have hoped, the team’s form against the other teams in the league has been quite sparkling. Randolph said “Against the top six, you need to try and stop them playing, which takes away from the way you play. Against the other teams we know we can cause them all sorts of problems and that was proved once again today.”