<
>
2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Declan Rice (7')
  • Mark Noble (42' PEN)

Rice and Noble fire impressive West Ham to win over Newcastle

play
West Ham 2-0 Newcastle: Hammers hold on (1:29)

West Ham was able to preserve a clean sheet after Declan Rice and Mark Noble scored in the first half, giving the Hammers a home win against Newcastle. (1:29)

West Ham tore apart Newcastle with a blistering first-half performance as a header from Declan Rice and a Mark Noble penalty set up their 2-0 Premier League win at London Stadium on Saturday.

Even though Newcastle began as the form side, with four league wins from six, their challenge effectively lasted just seven minutes -- the time it took Rice to score the opener.

The 20-year-old muscled himself into space to head Robert Snodgrass' corner powerfully past the keeper for his second Premier League goal.

The home side survived the disruption of an injury to Aaron Cresswell, who was replaced by Arthur Masuaku, to extend their lead from the spot after Florian Lejeune brought down Javier Hernandez just before the break.

The ever-reliable Noble rifled his shot high into the corner for his 19th successful penalty for the club out of 21.

Although Newcastle improved after the break, when Paul Dummett came on in a rejigged formation, they seldom threatened beyond a Salomon Rondon shot that hit the post late on. The win moved West Ham to ninth in the table.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 +59 88
2 Manchester City 34 +65 86
3 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +29 67
4 Arsenal 34 +25 66
5 Chelsea 34 +21 66
6 Manchester United 34 +15 64
7 Everton 35 +6 49
8 Watford 34 0 49
9 Leicester City 35 +1 48
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 -1 48
11 West Ham United 35 -10 43
12 Crystal Palace 35 -5 42
13 Newcastle United 35 -9 41
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 -13 41
15 Burnley 34 -18 39
16 Southampton 34 -17 36
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 -21 34
18 Cardiff City 35 -35 31
19 Fulham 35 -43 23
20 Huddersfield Town 35 -49 14