Newcastle 0-1 West Ham: Nolan haunts Toon as Hammers win
Kevin Nolan scored the only goal of a tight affair at St James’ Park as he gave West Ham a 1-0 win over his former side Newcastle United.
The Magpies are still yet to hit the form they showed last year when they were challenging for a spot in the top four and Sam Allardyce’s charges did just enough to ensure they were able to return to east London with all three points.
Both sides were forced into early first half changes with Jonas Gutierrez and Matthew Jarvis leaving the field injured to be replaced by Vurnon Anita and Modibo Maiga.
But West Ham took the lead after 38 minutes when Nolan tapped home Joey O’Brien’s mishit shot from close range to score his fifth goal of the season.
Another effort from Nolan failed to trouble Tim Krul as the Hammers looked to extend their lead while, at the other end, Shane Ferguson saw his shot deflected wide by O’Brien.
Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye also saw strikes evade the back of the net as the Magpies pushed for an equaliser.
Just seconds after the game resumed, Jussi Jaaskelainen produced an excellent stop to deny Demba Ba whose header from a corner looked goalbound.
The Senegalese striker drilled another attempt wide later on and on the touchline his manager Alan Pardew was left frustrated by what he felt was blatant time wasting by Sam Allardyce’s players.
But the Hammers were able to hold on to win and moved up to sixth in the Premier League, above Tottenham and Arsenal. Newcastle meanwhile remain tenth in the division.