West Ham 2 Tottenham 0: Kevin Nolan happy with 'fantastic' display as Hammers turnaround fortunes with 'deserved' victory

An own goal from Harry Kane was compounded when the Spurs' wall capitulated to let Stewart Downing's free-kick beat Hugo Lloris and secure the win

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan feels his side got just what they deserved after beating Tottenham to ensure their Premier League survival - and believes the Hammers could be a force to be reckoned with next season.

An own goal from Spurs striker Harry Kane and a Stewart Downing free-kick before the break earned West Ham a 2-0 victory over a Spurs side who had been reduced to 10 men following Younes Kaboul's 25th-minute red card.

The win ended a four-match losing streak for the Hammers and means they will be playing top-flight football again next season.

Nolan told BT Sport: "The last few weeks we haven't got what we deserved, especially here at home. But today everything we set out to do went to plan, we set off like a house on fire, put them under pressure and in the end got our just desserts.

"I thought we were fantastic with and without the ball and we got everything we deserved."

The former Newcastle midfielder also has high hopes for the future - providing his side can avoid the problems that have plagued them this term.

He added: "It's nice to have the 40 points, knowing that now we're going to have another year in the Premier League and, touch wood, we'll have an injury-free season. And the fact we'll have a lot of players back after injury this season, hopefully that turns for us next year and we'll be a good force.

 

"When we put performance in like that, you see the camaraderie we've shown all season long with what's been thrown at us with injuries, by suspensions, things that have gone horribly wrong....we've got to learn from that next season.

"Hopefully we can get a few new recruits in and next year we'll be a force."

Regarding the criticism that manager Sam Allardyce has faced, Nolan added: "We've all been disappointed with what's happened in the past few weeks, but it's to be expected.

"The fans can say what they want, they pay the money to say that, and what we've got to do is prove it out on the pitch."

Allardyce said of the Hammers support when asked about the same subject: "They're a great bunch of fans. They know what they want, if they don't see what they want they tell you. It's a tough job but you have to get on with it.

"It was a great victory in the end and a good performance."

West Ham 2 Tottenham 0 match report

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood's future has also been the source of much speculation, with Saturday's clash being branded the P45 derby.

When asked about the possibility of still being in charge next term, Sherwood said: "I've got to talk to the chairman at end of the season.

"It's a shame that we haven't won today but that can't affect a club like Tottenham's decision whether to keep me or not.

"If a club like Tottenham, which is a giant club, are relying on two or three games at the end of the season to know whether I'm good enough to take them forward, then we've got a serious problem."

PA

Life and Style
Small winemakers say the restriction makes it hard to sell overseas
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
A comedy show alumni who has gone on to be a big star, Jon Stewart
tvRival television sketch shows vie for influential alumni
Arts and Entertainment
Carrie Hope Fletcher
booksFirst video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
News
Clare Balding
peopleClare Balding on how women's football is shaking up sport
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Damien Hirst
artCoalition's anti-culture policy and cuts in local authority spending to blame, says academic
Sport
premier leagueMatch report: Arsenal 1 Man United 2
Arts and Entertainment
Kirk Cameron is begging his Facebook fans to give him positive reviews
film
News
i100
Sport
Jonny May scores for England
rugby unionEngland 28 Samoa 9: Wing scores twice to help England record their first win in six
Life and Style
fashionThe Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Arts and Entertainment
Jason goes on a special mission for the queen
tvReview: Everyone loves a CGI Cyclops and the BBC's Saturday night charmer is getting epic
Arts and Entertainment
Jerry Hall (Hand out press photograph provided by jackstanley@theambassadors.com)
theatre
Sport
Tony Bellew (left) and Nathan Cleverly clash at the Echo Arena in Liverpool
boxingLate surge sees Liverpudlian move into world title contention
Voices
Neil Findlay
voicesThe vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Life and Style
food + drinkMeat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin