PHOTOS: The story of the game as West Ham beat Newcastle 1-0

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West Ham earned a much needed 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday.

West Ham United bounced back from three games without a win to notch a vital three points against Newcastle United at Upton Park.

Draws with Stoke and Aston Villa and a defeat against Everton had soured West Ham's great start to the season, but they are back on track after their win against Newcastle.

Here are the best images to tell the story of the game...

It was a day of reunions in the dugout, as former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce took charge of West Ham, whilst ex-Hammers manager Alan Pardew was looking to lead the Magpies to a sixth straight Premier League win - but it was Allardyce who would have the last laugh over his former employers.

It was also a reunion for West Ham striker Andy Carroll, who started the game up front for the Hammers against his former and boyhood club Newcastle due to the absences of Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia. The 25-year-old has recently been linked with a move back to the North East, and couldn't find the back of the net against the Magpies on Saturday.

The only goal of the game came after 56 minutes, with summer signing Aaron Cresswell latching onto a through ball and poking the ball past Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal. It was the former Ipswich star's first strike for the Hammers, and his display once again underlined why he has been tipped for England recognition.

Newcastle were left without a hope when midfielder Moussa Sissoko was sent off for two yellow cards in the space of 45 seconds in the 75 minute. The Frenchman, who was today linked with a £15m move to Arsenal, made two rash challenges and paid for it with an early bath.

West Ham walked away with all three points in a close encounter, and they moved back up into fifth place above Newcastle after the win. With so many injuries to key players such as Alex Song, Sakho and Valencia, West Ham should be commended for being able to win against an in-form team.

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