Mar 31, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
West HamWest Ham United
Johnson (65')
Alonso (73'), Wickham (75')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Carroll (9'), Diame (50')
Noble (3'), Nolan (67'), Reid (88'), Adrian (90')

Kevin Nolan: 'We dealt with Sunderland well'

Kevin Nolan of West Ham United celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game for his side during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and West Ham United at Villa Park on February 8, 2014
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West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan believes that his side did a good job of dealing with Sunderland in their 2-1 victory at the Stadium of Light this evening.

West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan believes that his side dealt with Sunderland well during this evening's Premier League encounter at the Stadium of Light.

The Hammers pulled off a valuable 2-1 victory to move 12 points clear of the Black Cats, although the introduction of Adam Johnson as a substitute in the 53rd minute sparked the hosts into life.

The winger scored his side's goal and created four more chances for the team, and Nolan acknowledged that his presence changed the match.

However, the 31-year-old midfielder believes that his side put in a good performance and attributed their improved form to a number of players returning from injury.

"I thought we dealt with them quite well, Adam Johnson made a fantastic impact when he came on but we dealt with him well," Nolan told Sky Sports News.

"It was a massive game for Sunderland, probably bigger for them than it was for us and we knew if we won we would go 12 points ahead of them. Tonight was all about us putting space between us and the bottom.

"We've had a massive injury list and we've dug in and with the camaraderie and what we've built up at the club we always knew we would start picking up points when we got some bodies back."

The win leaves West Ham 11th in the Premier League table, 11 points clear of the bottom three with six games to play.

Andy Carroll of West Ham celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Ham United at the Stadium of Light on March 31, 2014
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