Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: -0°C

Search

Aaron Cresswell says his early season dip in form had nothing to do with Aston Villa interest

PUBLISHED: 14:16 06 December 2012

Aaron Cresswell

Aaron Cresswell

Archant

AARON Cresswell admits his form did dip at the start of the season – but he insists it was nothing to with Aston Villa’s interest in him over the summer.

The 22-year-old left-back was named the Supporters’ Player of the Year last season following a highly-impressive debut campaign after his step up from League One side Tranmere Rovers.

That led to Premier League club Aston Villa – Town’s hosts in the third round of the FA Cup in the New Year – making an enquiry about his availability in the summer.

Blues chief executive Simon Clegg gave it short shrift and a noticeable dip in form followed for Cresswell at the start of this season as Town dropped to the foot of the Championship table and manager Paul Jewell was sacked.

The full-back has shown signs that he is getting back to his best in recent weeks though as new boss Mick McCarthy has materminded a return of 13 points from 21 to lift the club five points clear of the relegation zone.

“At the start of the season I know I hadn’t been playing well,” admitted Cresswell. “But the whole team hadn’t been playing well. We were getting beat, confidence was low and no-one was really at the top of their game.

“I think I’m starting to pick up form again now – as we all are.”

Asked about Aston Villa’s interest in him, Cresswell said: “Everyone has said ‘his head’s turned’ and ‘he may not want to be here’, but that was never the case. No-one spoke to me directly, I just read what was said in the papers.

“I was always fully committed to Ipswich – I had three years left on my contract at the beginning of the season so I just kept my head down.

“I’ve been down here 18 months now, I‘ve got two-and-half-years left on my contract and I love it down here.” Reflecting on Saturday’s come-from-behind 2-1 win at Bolton, the left-back added: “First half I don’t think we played particularly well and we could do nothing about the goal – it was 30 yards into the top corner (from Mark Davies).

“We kept it tight at the back though and we knew that second-half we could kick on in the game. We did towards the end and thankfully it was a good win.

“Maybe a couple of weeks or months ago we’d have sat back and held on for the draw, but at the minute confidence is high in the camp. We wanted the win more than them I suppose.

“Over the last six games we’ve had four wins and a drawn – that’s more or less promotion form you could say. We’ve just got to keeping pushing up that table now and see where that takes us.”

– For more from Cresswell, as well as full match preview of Ipswich Town’s visit of in-form Millwall to Portman Road, see tomorrow’s Ipswich Star.

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

Ipswich Town U23 3

QPR 0

Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 9

Haringey Borough 0

Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

Saturday was a much-needed day for Town fans, writes Karl Fuller.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and former Blues boss Roy Keane could be in direct competition for the Republic of Ireland job if Martin O’Neill is lured to Stoke City, according to the Irish Sun.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

London Boat Show 2018

cover

Click here to view
London Boat
Show supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24