'He can do whatever he wants!'

Aaron Cresswell has backed teammate Michail Antonio to keep up his goalscoring form, even if it is at a risk to the left-back's ankles!

Cresswell ran over to celebrate with goal-scorer Antonio after the winger's strike against Sunderland on Saturday, only to find his ankles at risk as the No30 did the 'Homer Simpson' on the Boleyn Ground turf!

While his celebrations may have put the No3 in danger, Cresswell himself is delighted that Antonio is being rewarded for the hard work and patience he has shown since following the defender from the Championship to the Barclays Premier League.

"Michail has got five goals for us and all credit to him because he's kept his head down and stayed patient and has come in and been fantastic over the last few weeks," said Cresswell of the former Nottingham Forest star.

"I couldn't tell you what his celebration was all about but it has to be one of the worst celebrations I think I've ever seen! No, seriously, he's got his goal and he can do whatever he wants if he keeps scoring and I'll let him take my ankles out again if he does!"

Saturday's win over Sam Allardyce's Black Cats may not have been a great spectacle, due in part to the cold temperatures and blustery wind that blew around the Boleyn, but Cresswell pointed to the importance of a win that took the Hammers back up into the top six.

With the visit of high-flying Tottenham Hotspur and a trip to Everton this week to look forward to, the ex-Ipswich Town man says the victory was all that mattered.

"You'd obviously like to play well but we knew it wouldn't be an easy game on the eye," he said. "We've got some tough games coming up so it was vital that we got the three points, especially here at home and keep that home run going.

"Andy has come on and I thought he was fantastic again. He has hit the bar and we also hit the bar in the first half through Nobes. Don't get me wrong, they've had some chances as well and Adrian has made some good saves. On another day it could have been 3-1 or 4-2 but we'll take the 1-0 and that's a vital three points for us.

"We're pushing up that table again and hopefully we'll stay there until the end of the season."