West Ham United 1 - 0 Newcastle United

 

West Ham United 1 - 0 Newcastle United

West Ham United boss, Big Sam Allardyce were elated as they moved up in their Premiership placement with a crucial goal by team Captain Kevin Nolan in the first half at St James Park - their first win at St James' Park for 14 years.

"I think this was my most satisfying win," said Big Sam, who has now won 17 of his 28 away league matches as West Ham boss. "I thought the win at QPR was a good performance but we have to look at where QPR are. They are struggling and we've taken advantage of that. Newcastle were a fantastic force at home last season and have started the season well with some good performances.

"It was a fantastic professional performance by all the players and a fantastic three points. Winning a Premier League game away from home is a tough ask so to beat Newcastle at Newcastle is obviously very pleasing.

"It was a fantastic result and a clean sheet - you couldn't ask for any more."

West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen delivered a clean sheet and had his best game yet for the Hammers after pulling off a number of stunning saves - with five clean sheets in eleven league matches - more than any other goalkeeper in the division.

"It was good teamwork from the players using a system of play that doesn't just nullify the opposition who were playing at home, but also exposes the opposition's weaknesses. Our performance in and out of possession was very good, the control of the ball was very good and we got the goal at the right time.

"We defended superbly when we needed to and we broke out and exposed them in a counter-attacking way when we had the chance. Every now and again the odd shots that they had on goal were saved by our goalkeeper, who has a massive amount of experience.

"He didn't panic or put us under any pressure. He made the clean sort of saves that you'd expect him to make. The foundation of a successful season is your goalkeeper and your defenders keeping as many clean sheets as possible.

"You can then become a better attacking force and you entertain more and win more games and that's what we all want."

"The only disappointing aspect was that Andy didn't stick the ball in the back of the net for his first goal. That's not being critical of him as it was a fantastic save by Krul but overall Kevin Nolan was man of the match and showed the Newcastle fans what they were missing. His link-up play with Carroll was superb.

"Nobby's gaol was an instinct that you can't teach or coach. You've either got it or you haven't and he's always had it from an early age when he broke into the Bolton team. We knew we had to release him and let him go and find his own way in the box and we couldn't coach that and we just let him do it.

"As the years have gone on he's continued to do it successfully and that got even more successful at Newcastle as he and Andy Carroll play very well together. Even though Andy is not scoring, they work in tandem and know where each other are. For most of the game they were together when they were needed and held the ball up."

"The three injuries and three changes we had to make never detracted from the performance, which was even more pleasing. Obviously it's disappointing when we get the injuries but to see three players come on and still perform was pleasing.

"It's a good job we've got Guy Demel, Gary O'Neil and Modibo Maiga back as the bench has been lightweight recently. It shows how important substitutes are as you have to have a strong bench in this league."

Newcastle United finished fifth in the Premiership last season.

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