- Noble scores brace
- Kouayte put West Ham ahead
- Hammers up to fifth place
- West Brom gave teenager Leko debut
West Ham beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Hawthorns on Saturday to keep their top four hopes alive.
Slaven Billic’s side raced into a two-goal lead at half time as Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble each grabbed a goal. Noble then added another, his fourth in his last two games, to seal the deal as Dimitri Payet helped himself to another two assists.
The win pushes West Ham up to fifth place on 59 points, above Manchester United on goal difference although the Red Devils has a game in hand on them. West Brom remain on 41 points.
West Ham threatened occasionally and Andy Carroll headed over, while Gardner again had a chance but got his header all wrong as he put it wide.
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The Hammers came back into the game and in the 34th minute they took the lead.
A tackle in midfield saw the ball ricochet to Payet out wide and his cross found Kouyate who headed the ball back where it came from and into the far corner. 1-0.
Before half time Kouyate turned from scorer to creator as he surged into the box and set up Noble. West Ham’s captain had a loose first touch but his second saw him prod the ball into the far corner. 2-0 right on half time.
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In the second half West Ham kept the ball well and frustrated West Brom
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With 11 minutes to go Carroll played in Payet and he chipped the ball into the back post where Noble arrived to slam a volley home. 3-0. Game over.