Sam Allardyce: 'Kevin Nolan like David Platt'

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Sam Allardyce compares match-winning midfielder Kevin Nolan to the former Arsenal midfielder David Platt.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has likened his match-winning midfielder Kevin Nolan to Premier League great David Platt.

Nolan scored the only goal of the game as the Hammers got their return to the top flight off to a winning start against Aston Villa yesterday.

Speaking afterwards, Allardyce said: "Kevin Nolan is like David Platt because he ghosts into the box without anyone knowing how he got there.

"We might have won by more. It was a good performance with a clean sheet."

Allardyce's men next face a trip to Swansea, who began their Premier League campaign with a 5-0 thumping of Queens Park Rangers.

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