Aaron's all about the points

Aaron Cresswell is little fussed about taking personal plaudits, just so long as he is contributing to a winning West Ham United cause.

The former Ipswich Town full-back provided the ammunition for Diafra Sakho's opener at Burnley on Saturday and very nearly got on the scoresheet himself, slamming a volley into the midriff of Clarets stopper Tom Heaton.

But while his wonderful left-wing cross was hardly about to go unnoticed, the modest 24-year-old insisted it is all in a day's work for the all-action full-back.      

"It's nice to get an assist and when you do put the ball in and you see the ball go in the back of the net, it's great, but the main thing was the three points and we got that," he told West Ham TV.

"It was a good ball and it was a good header. Even the same with Jenks [Carl Jenkinson]. Jenks put in a great ball for Enner [Valencia] and Enner scored it.

"That's the modern day full-back and for both teams on Saturday, both full-backs put a lot of balls in the box. It's something we work on in training with the gaffer and Macca [Neil McDonald]. So if you keep putting good balls in the box, nine times out of ten you should score one."

The Hammers' lightning start to the second period was a far cry from the opening exchanges and Cresswell confessed that West Ham were fortunate to find themselves level at the break.     

He explained: "In the first half I don't think we were as good as we have been this season, at all. The gaffer had a little pop at us at half-time, it wasn't good enough and we knew it wasn't good enough.

"They're the home team and we knew they were going to come out of the blocks flying, which they did. And the first 15 minutes, you could say we were all over the place, we were lucky to stay 0-0 at some times. We rode the storm, came out flying second half and scored two early goals."  

Saturday's success makes it three wins out of the last four for Sam Allardyce's men and Cresswell is loving it, adamant that a top-ten finish is now well within West Ham's reach. The next challenge comes in the shape of league champions Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday, one that holds little fear for Cresswell and co.        

"Man City are one of the best teams in the Premier League, but we're going to go into that game full of confidence, flying and looking forward to it.

"We've played eight games, got 13 points, if we keep that sort of form there's no reason why we can't make the top ten. I think that's realistically a good achievement for us, anywhere in the top ten.

"On and off the pitch it's going well for me down here. The main thing for me was to get my head down, work hard and hopefully try to stay in the team as long as I can."