Tuesday 24 April 2018

Double for Noble

West Ham 4
Southampton 1

Simon Peach

Mark Noble's brace helped West Ham continue their fine start to life back in the top flight at the expense of fellow new boys Southampton.

The Hammers have adapted to life in the Premier League far better than the side that finished above them in the Championship and picked up their fourth win of the campaign.

After a dour first half, Sam Allardyce's men came flying out of the blocks after the restart and netted twice in a three-minute spell.

Noble broke the deadlock with a 40-yard free-kick that drifted past debutant goalkeeper Artur Boruc, before captain Kevin Nolan tapped home at the back post.

Saints reduced the deficit when Lallana turned beautifully to strike a half-volley past Jaaskelainen from close range before Noble netted a penalty to restore Hammers' two-goal lead. Substitute Modibo Maiga superbly curled home to secure the three points.

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