West Ham 1 Newcastle 0

Kevin Nolan‘s been at it again! In a game which Nolan and Andy Carroll were both having homecomings of sorts it was Nolan in the right place at the right time once again to tap in the only goal in a closely fought game. It was Joey O’Brien smashing the ball across the goal area that led to Nolan’s strike, as O’Brien’s blast looked to have got away from him. How Nolan has still been left out of the England squad is baffling, and Joey Barton has gone on record saying as much. Juusi Jaskelainen may have had his best game between the sticks for West Ham on Sunday, with a heart stopping clearance off the line probably the best of the bunch. The center of the park was bossed around by Momo Diame once more. The lad has tricks for days, although he was guilty of the occasional muck up throughout the course of the match. Bottom line, he’s like a bulldozer once he gets possession of the ball. And with the victory we now sit above Arsenal, Liverpool and most importantly Spurs. Still early days but I don’t think many, us included, that we’d be anywhere near this good at the start of the season. We also played some beautiful football at times, linking up some intricate passes from time to time. Welcome relief for those who like to moan about the long ball.

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