Nov 11, 2012 at 3pm UK at ​St James' Park
NewcastleNewcastle United
West HamWest Ham United

Ben Arfa (76')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Nolan (38')
Noble (45'), O'Brien (61')

Sam Allardyce salutes "fantastic" victory over Newcastle United

Allardyce salutes
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West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce says that he could not have asked more from his players following today's 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes that today was the perfect time to play Newcastle United following their midweek Europa League exertions in Belgium.

Kevin Nolan scored the only goal on the game against his - and Allardyce's - former club, lifting the Hammers above Tottenham Hotspur and into sixth.

"It's a fantastic victory for us and a second away win," Allardyce told Sky Sports News. "With Newcastle being one of the top six boys these days after last season it put some pressure on us.

"I said to the lads, it's a great time to come here as they played midweek on Thursday in Europe and I experienced it myself at Bolton that the hardest game to win is the next one. That gave us an opportunity here today and we took the opportunity with both hands.

"It was a great performance and a great three points from us away from home, especially after losing three players through injury. I couldn't ask any more from the players today."

West Ham host Stoke City at Upton Park next Monday.

Kevin Nolan scores the opener for West Ham
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