Manchester United-owned midfielder Tom Cleverley’s goal just past the half-hour mark proved to be the difference between the two sides.
Over the course of the 90 minutes, West Ham had just 42% of the possession, took five shots of which only one was on target, and earned six corners.
In contrast, hosts Villa had 58% of the possession, took 14 shots of which five were on target, and earned two corners.
Left-back Cresswell believes that the Hammers would have won the game had they scored first.
“We’re disappointed,” the 25-year-old told West Ham’s official website. “We just need to take one of the chances we’re creating, but unfortunately we couldn’t do that on Saturday and we paid the price with the goal they scored in the first half.
“I think we had a couple of chances. Enner (Valencia) had his header ruled out for offside, but I think if we score the first goal it’s a different game.”
While West Ham could have won the game had they scored first, the question is why they could not.
Sam Allardyce’s side have struggled to score goals in recent weeks, and that is a problem that they need to rectify.
The Hammers do create chances, but failure to take them is costing them dear at the moment.