The Hammers got the better of Aston Villa 1-0 at Boleyn Ground in the Premier League, thanks to a late goal from Diafra Sakho.
“We said at half time to keep it tight at the back, make sure they don’t score and then you’ve still got another 45 minutes,” Cresswell told West Ham’s official website.
“It took until the 88th minute for us to score, but you’ll take a 1-0 and a clean sheet all day.”
Playing at home against a Sunderland side struggling for survival in the Premier League made West Ham the favourites, but heading into half time unable to break the deadlock would have been frustrating.
West Ham have conceded late goals against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur this season, and one suspects that the players would have been worried of doing the same against Sunderland.
But it seems that the half-time discussion made sure that the West Ham players knew what they had to do in the second 45 minutes.
It was the Hammers’ first win in eight Premier League games and has lifted them up to ninth in the table for the time being with 42 points from 30 matches.