Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Lusitanos

Thursday, 02 July 2015, 19:45

Europa League Qual First Round

Allardyce hails Nolan impact

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce hailed the impact of Kevin Nolan after the midfielder scored both goals in the 2-0 win at Aston Villa.

Last Updated: 08/02/14 at 21:38 Post Comment

A quick-fire brace just after the break secured the points for the Hammers as Allardyce's side made it back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time this season.

West Ham squandered a number of first-half opportunities but their 31-year-old captain flicked them ahead just 18 seconds into the second-half before seizing upon a Fabian Delph error to double the lead.

The win sees Allardyce's men move two points clear of the bottom three and he says the result was deserved due to the number of chances they created.

"It was really sweet for Kevin to score two goals just after half time because I was bitterly disappointed we weren't winning at half time," he told Sky Sports.

"We could've really put the game out of sight of Aston Villa had we done better in front of goal or in the final third the amount of times we got in behind their defence and in wide positions, getting corners and crosses into the box.

"Not finding the net was something I was hoping we weren't going to regret today and Kevin started the second half with two outstanding finishes and he's the reason we're sat here with three points, a well-deserved three points.

"Then there was some outstanding defending after that when Villa threw three up the middle and we put our three centre halves in there and we just defended correctly. All the long balls into the box from Villa's display were masterfully dealt with."

Nolan's double took his tally for the campaign up to six and subsequently made him the Hammers' top scorer, much to the delight of Allardyce.

"He's up there again," he said. "He was leading goalscorer last season and he's pulling away from Carlton (Cole) with five now which is nice to see.

"Our goalscorers have started scoring on a regular basis. It really has been a missing link throughout the whole of the season never mind the injuries to the defenders in December.

"Aston Villa have been going pretty well themselves just recently and been scoring quite often so it's a terrific performance and a terrific result for us."

Speaking of an injury picked up by Nolan, Allardyce said: "Kevin came off with only a slight groin so I don't think it's going to be too much of a problem and even more enjoyable, we kept 11 on the field today."

The result also meant that West Ham have now kept the most Premier League clean sheets so far this season.

Allardyce said: "Considering the position we are in the league, we'd normally have 12 clean sheets and we'd be sitting in the top-half generally.

"But our season has been not scoring chances created and if we'd have done that better, we wouldn't have been in such a desperate position through December into January but we're beginning to pull away from that position."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Dani Osvaldo leaves Southampton two years early

Southampton have terminated the contract of record signing Dani Osvaldo.

Slaven Bilic missing from West Ham bench for Europa League opener

Academy manager Terry Westley will be in charge when West Ham make their Europa League debut against Andorran side FC Lusitans.

Matej Vydra joins Watford on five-year deal after two loan spells

Striker Matej Vydra is back with Watford, this time on a permanent basis after signing a five-year deal to join the club from Udinese.

Mail Box

Are United Aiming Too High On Transfers?

One mailer wonders whether United are aiming a little high on their transfer ambitions. Plus, BAHs, West Ham in Europe, petty annoyances and Michu to United...

Liverpool Are Attractive To Strikers

You've got little competition and bags of service from midfield, so surely strikers would love to join Liverpool? Plus England's future, Callum Wilson handshakes and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company