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Allardyce: West Ham win 'my most satisfying'

By Football News

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said his side's win over his former club Newcastle was his most satisfying as manager this season.

The Hammers defeated Newcastle at St James' Park for the first time in 14 years thanks to ex-Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan's first-half strike.

The win sees Allardyce's side move up into sixth place on the Premier League table, leaving the manager thrilled.

"I think this was my most satisfying win," Allardyce told the club's official website.

"I thought the win at QPR was a good performance but we have to look at where QPR are. They are struggling and we've taken advantage of that.

"Newcastle were a fantastic force at home last season and have started the season well with some good performances.

"It was a fantastic professional performance by all the players and a fantastic three points.

"Winning a Premier League game away from home is a tough ask so to beat Newcastle at Newcastle is obviously very pleasing.

"It was a fantastic result and a clean sheet - you couldn't ask for any more."    

Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen earned a league-best fifth clean sheet against Newcastle, a statistic that pleased Allardyce.

"We defended superbly when we needed to and we broke out and exposed them in a counter-attacking way when we had the chance," he said.

"Every now and again the odd shots that they had on goal were saved by our goalkeeper, who has a massive amount of experience.

"He didn't panic or put us under any pressure. He made the clean sort of saves that you'd expect him to make.

"The foundation of a successful season is your goalkeeper and your defenders keeping as many clean sheets as possible.

"You can then become a better attacking force and you entertain more and win more games and that's what we all want."

Despite the positives, Allardyce did admit to being disappointed as Andy Carroll's goal drought continued since his loan move from Liverpool.

"The only disappointing aspect was that Andy didn't stick the ball in the back of the net for his first goal," Allardyce said.

"That's not being critical of him as it was a fantastic save by (Tim) Krul."