Noble collected the ball just inside Villa’s half, before launching a wonderful lofted pass, which Antonio converted with a well-directed header.
It was a brilliant piece of skill from the central midfielder, and Bilic admits that it was the best moment of the match.
SB: "The cross from Noble to Antonio for the first goal was the moment of the game. You need some extra quality and that was brilliant.— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) February 2, 2016
West Ham’s contest with Villa turned in the 15th minute, when Jordan Ayew inexplicably elbowed Aaron Cresswell in the face.
Ayew was sent from the field, after Villa had made a bright start, and West Ham made their numerical advantage count.
The Hammers started to assert their authority with their man advantage, and largely dominated the match from then on.
Antonio’s goal was reward for their persistence, and Cheikhou Kouyate sealed their victory with a late break away goal.
The Hammers are now in sixth place in the Premier League table, just six points away from the Champions League places.