West Bromwich - West Ham United captain
Mark Noble scored twice for the second game running as his side beat West
Bromwich Albion 3-0 on Saturday to go fifth in the Premier League.
After Cheikhou Kouyate had headed in a
cross from Dimitri Payet, who registered his 10th assist of the season, Noble
scored either side of half-time at the Hawthorns, mirroring his brace in the
3-1 win over Watford.
Victory took Slaven Bilic's side above
Manchester United on goal difference and saw West Ham make it 10 games unbeaten
in the top flight for the first time since 1985.
Tony Pulis's West Brom, now without a win
in seven games, remain 13th.
West Brom had shot a big hole in Tottenham
Hotspur's titles hopes by drawing 1-1 at White Hart Lane last Monday and they
started brightly, with Craig Gardner's curler testing West Ham goalkeeper
The hosts' two changes included a start for
17-year-old Jonathan Leko, the first player born in 1999 to start a Premier
League game, and the winger set up a chance for Gardner that the midfielder
But West Ham belatedly stirred and after
Aaron Cresswell's low cross from the left narrowly eluded the sliding Diafra
Sakho, they went ahead in the 34th minute.
As West Brom looked to launch a break from
a West Ham corner, Winston Reid won a tackle in midfield that sent the ball out
to Payet on the right and his delicately weighted cross was headed in by Senegal
Kouyate turned provider in first-half
injury time as West Ham doubled their lead, racing down the left and crossing
for Noble, whose heavy first touch did not prevent him from poking home
With Angelo Ogbonna preventing Salomon
Rondon from reaching Gardner's left-wing cross 11 minutes into the second half,
Pulis turned to his bench.
Striker Saido Berahino and midfielder
Sandro both went close after entering the fray - the former scuffing wide, the
latter shooting off-target from 25 yards - but the hosts would come no closer.
Instead it was West Ham who had the last
word, with Payet driving into West Brom territory and slipping the ball wide to
Andy Carroll, whose lofted cross was emphatically volleyed home by Noble.