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Thursday 24 August 2017

Noble hails 'special' victory as Hammers chase fourth place

Dmitri Payet Photo: Reuters
Dmitri Payet Photo: Reuters

West Ham captain Mark Noble believes a "special" last-gasp win at Everton capped a pivotal week for the club.

After victories over Sunderland and Tottenham Slaven Bilic's side came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against 10 men at Goodison Park thanks to Dimitri Payet's last-minute goal.

It appeared the Hammers' Champions League dreams were fading with just 12 minutes remaining after Romelu Lukaku's 18th league goal of the season was followed by Aaron Lennon's fifth in seven games.

Lukaku missed a penalty to make the game safe which allowed Michail Antonio to kick-start the revival in the 78th minute and the momentum it generated got them over the line with substitute Diafra Sakho and the Payet completing Everton's capitulation.

"We've had some amazing results lately - like Spurs on Wednesday (a 1-0 win) - but for team spirit that was fantastic," he said.

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