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Noble strike gives struggling Hammers a valuable victory


West Ham United's Mark Noble

West Ham United's Mark Noble

West Ham United's Mark Noble

Mark Noble fired West Ham to a nervy but crucial 1-0 win over Burnley.

The Hammers desperately needed three points following a run of six games without a win, and had targeted two home matches against the Clarets and Hull to kickstart their sorry season.

And skipper Noble grabbed the winner in first-half stoppage time with a goal that summed up an unconvincing display, scoring from the rebound after his penalty was saved by Tom Heaton.

Under-pressure boss Slaven Bilic was also grateful to a shocking miss from Burnley striker Sam Vokes and a superb save from Darren Randolph to secure a vital victory.

Burnley, with little option but to actually mount an attack or two, almost hauled themselves level after the break but Vokes hooked wide from inside a crowded area and Aaron Cresswell cleared Mee's header off the line.

Then Arfield's free-kick was curling towards the West Ham net until Ireland goalkeeper Randolph flung out a hand to palm it round the post.