Noble praises Cresswell's first Hammers goal: He should score more!

Mark Noble

The West Ham defender scored his first goal since arriving at Upton Park.

West Ham's impressive form this season got back on track yesterday against Newcastle, after a spell of three games without a win, and they had summer signing from Ipswich Aaron Cresswell to thank for the victory.

It wasn't one of the club's regular goal providers that earned the 1-0 win, but Cresswell has been a revelation since he moved to Upton Park in the summer, playing all 13 games for Sam Allardyce's side and proving himself a vital part of West Ham's ascent up the league table.

And the left back netted his first goal since moving against Newcastle, poking the ball past Rob Elliott after emerging in a dangerous position, settling a tight affair and ensuring the Hammers stay within touching distance of the top four.

Unsurprisingly, his captain Mark Noble was full of positive words for the 24-year-old, noting that he had impressed the West Ham squad with his shooting in training.

"It is not an easy league to come into and we could see the quality he had as soon as he arrived from Ipswich in pre-season," the 27-year-old told BBC Sport.

"He has been fantastic this season. We did some shooting in training yesterday and we were saying he should score a few more goals and he's popped up with one today.

"Newcastle came here as the form side in the league and we knew it would be a 1-0 game - thankfully it went to us."

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