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Hard-fought West Ham win earns Mark Noble praise

Mark Noble

Great commitment: Mark Noble in action for West Ham

Mark Noble today hailed West Ham’s 2-1 win over Millwall as a pivotal match in the race for the Championship title.

West Ham moved four points clear of second-placed Southampton despite playing with 10 men for 81 minutes following skipper Kevin Nolan’s red card for a tackle on Jack Smith.

Noble said: “After losing our captain we knew it was going to be tough but everyone seemed at their best and the commitment was terrific.”

Manager Sam Allardyce, who said the victory was one of the best of his career, claimed that Nolan’s dismissal was harsh and Noble said: “I was pretty close to it and it was a 50-50 challenge. Their player made a lot of it.

“When it’s nine minutes in and the ball is rolling between two players, you have to go for it.”

Julien Faubert appeared to foul keeper David Forde before Winston Reid’s winner.

He said: “Maybe it was a foul but the manager had told me to put pressure on him so I tried to do it.”

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Pair in England action

Leo Chambers and Rob Hall have both been called upon by England at age-group level

West Ham United youngsters Leo Chambers and Rob Hall have both been called upon by England at age-group level.

Chambers helped England’s Under-17 side to win the Algarve Tournament in Portugal, while Hall has been selected for the Under-19s’ forthcoming friendly meeting with Czech Republic.

Defender Chambers played a starring role in Portugal, captaining his country and scoring a last-minute winner in England’s opening 2-1 victory over the host nation on Thursday 2 February. The young Hammer was in the right place to head home a free-kick as the Young Lions made the perfect start to the friendly competition.

The 16-year-old was involved again as England drew 2-2 with Netherlands on Saturday, coming on as a fifth-minute substitute. England were reduced to ten men but were only denied victory over the Dutch by a late penalty save.

Chambers was also a used substitute as John Peacock’s side completed the tournament with a 2-1 win over France on Monday – a victory that saw England win the four-nation tournament.

Looking forward, Hall is in Noel Blake’s squad for a friendly meeting with Czech Republic at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium on Tuesday 28 February. The forward has made four substitute appearances for Sam Allardyce’s West Ham United first team in recent weeks and has long been part of England squads at age-group level.

Still only 18, Hall was part of the squad that won the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Liechtenstein in 2010. He has made a total of 24 appearances for England, scoring ten goals, and netted on his Under-19 debut against Denmark in November 2011.

England will use their meeting with the Czechs to prepare for their UEFA European Under-19 Championship Elite round qualifying matches, which will be played later this year. Blake’s side are seeded and receive a bye through the Qualifying round

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Hammers not in the mood for Nolan appeal

Last Updated: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 11:06


West Ham will not appeal against the red card shown to captain Kevin Nolan against Millwall.

Midfielder Nolan was sent off just nine minutes into Saturday’s 2-1 derby win for a two-footed lunge on Jack Smith.

Manager Sam Allardyce felt the decision was harsh but has accepted he will now be without Nolan for the next three games.

“It would be frivolous because they won’t change their mind, there are far too many instructions going out to referees today,” he said.

“We have got the squad to hopefully compensate now, we’ll get someone to fill in.

“We didn’t do badly without him with 10 men so we should make sure we do all right without him with 11.”

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Jackett: Decisions cost us at Hammers


Millwall boss Kenny Jackett was left frustrated with controversial decisions after his side were beaten at 10-man rivals West Ham.

Keeper David Forde was seemingly fouled by Julien Faubert just before Winston Reid volleyed home the winning second half goal three minutes after Liam Trotter had cancelled out Carlton Cole’s first half opener.

West Ham spent the majority of the game a man down after Kevin Nolan had been handed a straight red card for a ninth minute two-footed lunge at Jack Smith.

But Millwall were unable to capitalise, although it was referee Mike Jones’ failure to spot the foul on Forde which was the real talking point for Jackett afterwards.

He said: “I thought the second goal was a foul.

Rob Green denies Darius Henderson. PICTURES BY ROSS EVANS.

“I’ve seen it on the monitor and Faubert has wiped David Forde’s legs away from under him.

“You have to give a foul in those circumstances, so it was a harsh decision.

“We did have the momentum and then they’ve gone straight down the other end and got the winner, so it was a frustrating one.

“But like I said, I’ve got some sympathy with my goalkeeper because it was a foul.”

Debutant Andy Keogh holds off Abdoulaye Faye

Opposite number Sam Allardyce raised eyebrows following when he maintained his captain Nolan should not have been dismissed for his early lunge on Smith.

Jackett, however, feels the referee got the decision spot on, particularly with the recent clamp-down on players going in dangerously with feet raised.

“Under the current climate if you tackle with two feet it does seem to be a red card so that would be compliant with the rules,” he stated.

Despite the defeat against 10-men, Jackett again bemoaned the bad luck which has haunted his side this season.

Jack Smith

He said: “The performance wasn’t bad, we’ve had many like that and lost by the odd goal so that is frustrating at the moment.

“It has been a poor week for us with two losses but I’m the one who has to analyse it and make sure everyone is fit and available and pushing forward because we need 21 points from the last 17 games to get the 50 points.

“That’s our aim at the moment now.

“We have to turn some good performances, and some good passing performances, into results.”

Darren Ward battles with Carlton Cole for the ball

Jackett added: “We are giving soft goals away and we are not ruthless enough in the other box.

“Get those things right, and then look forward and we will achieve our aim this year.

“I am confident in the players.

“There are certain things we need to do and need to do better but people like Andy Keogh will only help our options.”

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Big Sam on his ‘best-ever’ win

Sam Allardyce was delighted after seeing his side defeat Millwall 2-1 in the npower Championship

Sam Allardyce has hailed West Ham United’s 2-1 victory over Millwall as ‘the best win’ he has ever had in his managerial career.

The Hammers shrugged off the disappointment of losing captain Kevin Nolan to a ninth-minute red card to beat their local rivals through goals from Carlton Cole and Winston Reid.

Nolan was sent-off after what referee Mick Jones deemed to be a two-footed tackle on Jack Smith before Cole put his team in front on the stroke of half-time. Liam Trotter equalised on 66 minutes, only for Reid to cap a memorable afternoon with a rasping winner just three minutes later.

“I that is probably the best win I’ve ever had as a manager, wherever I have been” Big Sam told West Ham TV. “We went down to ten men after nine minutes on what I thought was a very harsh decision by the referee. It was not endangering the opposing player and it was not out of control or with any great force or velocity and there was no intent because that has been taken out [of the rulebook].

“The character of the players at this club and the will to bounce back after a very disappointing defeat on Tuesday [at Ipswich Town] was there for all to see. With ten men, we began to control the game, to probe and put Millwall under pressure rather than sitting back and waiting to play on the break and catch them out.

“We took the game to them, we got the ball into their box and were producing quality balls. We got another outstanding set play and Carlton scored for us. We could have scored more.

“In the second half, we came out and went on the front foot. Julien Faubert produced a great header and I was up because I thought it was in but it hit the bar and came out. Then we had the disappointment of their goal and then Matt Taylor put a great corner and we only had to head it in from a yard out but we missed it.

“Then we got Reidy producing what you’d like your centre forward to do with a stunning volley from the edge of the box. We even had some chances after that and out-chanced Millwall with ten men and thoroughly deserved the win.”

While his ten men continually created chances against the Lions, Big Sam was equally pleased with the organisation, tenacity and discipline shown to keep the visitors’ chances to a minimum.

“The discipline of the side to nullify the 11v10 situation, we made life extremely difficult for them. They scored a great goal, but that was the only way they were going to score.”

Big Sam also hailed the performance of Man of the Match Mark Noble and fellow Academy graduate James Tomkins, who played in a new defensive midfield role for the first time. Cole, Julien Faubert and half-time substitute Matt Taylor also drew praise from the manager.

“Everybody did their job In and out of possession, we were superb. As a manager, when you see your team go down to ten men and you see that spirit and desire to commit everything that you’ve got for themselves and the fans it is absolutely magnificent.”

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CARLTON COLE claims West Ham will carry on playing ugly as long as it takes them up.


Cole scored the opener in a scrappy game against Millwall after the home side had gone down to 10 men.


Hammers captain Kevin Nolan was handed a straight red for going in two-footed on Lions midfielder Jack Smith, leaving the leaders fighting on with a man down for 80 minutes.
The result was impressive, if not the game – barring Winston Reid’s spectacular volleyed winner following Liam Trotter’s equaliser.


And Cole admitted it may have been painful to watch.

He said: “I know sometimes our football is ugly, but as long as we tick off the wins I don’t care how the football goes.

“Hopefully we can win the title. We just have to stay in there and see how it goes.


“That’s why we’re top of the league because we can bounce back from situations like that and keep on plugging away, even in a tense atmosphere like it was today.”


Boss Sam Allardyce would love his side to start playing with the swagger fans demand – but admits they are under too much pressure.


He said: “There is a lot of pressure on us as you know because we are expected to go up and sometimes that can make players a little bit anxious.

“But when a performance like this is put together with a victory it should ease a lot of doubts and fears they have in their own ability.

“They should say ‘let’s flourish’ and ‘let’s blossom’ but it is not as easy as that.”


Referee Mick Jones drew attention to himself for first sending off Nolan in a challenge that most fans warranted as a red card, but Allardyce insisted was not.


He then failed to award Millwall a free-kick for Julien Faubert’s tackle on Lions keeper David Forde, which took him out of action as Reid volleyed the winner.


Allardyce will not appeal against the red card but admitted his side were lucky not to be penalised for Faubert’s tackle.
He said: “We were a bit fortunate for the earlier decision on the keeper but he still has to put it in the net and it was a quality finish.”

The result leaves the Lions one place off the drop zone but Trotter believes they have what it takes to stay up.

He said: “There is a lot to be positive about. West Ham only really looked to hit it to Cole and make it stick.

“We played the better football and I am confident we can kick on and push up the league soon.”

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