Mark Noble has hailed West Ham United's team spirit after the Hammers scored a superb 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle United.

Noble was at his tireless best at St James' Park, combating a home midfield that included France internationals Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa and Netherlands star Vurnon Anita.

The Hammer of the Year also played his part in Kevin Nolan's winner when his cross was cleared to Joey O'Brien, whose shot was turned in by the captain.

The No16 was naturally proud to play his part in West Ham's first win on Tyneside since October 1998.

"It's a great result," a smiling Noble told West Ham TV. "Coming here is always hard but the three points are massive for us. The lads have done incredible and some of the defensive play was unbelievable.

"Tonks [James Tomkins] has come in and played at centre-half for the first time this year and he was fantastic, as were Reidy [Winston Reid] and George [McCartney]. Joey [O'Brien] has had to play in two different positions and he's a top footballer.

"It's been a great day for us and we're buzzing."

Noble was not surprised to see Nolan score the all-important match-winner, despite all the pressure surrounding the skipper's return to the club where he spent three seasons between 2008 and 2011.

"He is clever. I used to watch him on Sky Sports and I thought that he was lucky and I told him that! But he isn't lucky, because he knows where the ball is going to drop. Joey shanked his shot and it fell to Nobby, like it always does.

"It was nice of him to show Newcastle fans respect by not celebrating. It's obviously a massive three points for us."

Having been part of the side that struggled to pick up points on the road on their way to relegation in 2010/11, Noble has thoroughly enjoyed being part of life under Sam Allardyce. The manager has guided West Ham to 17 away league victories in 28 attempts - a truly outstanding record.

"I don't think there is a secret - it's just hard work, team shape and the will to win. We've got a lot of players here now who know how to win games.

"We've got some top international players and some Premier League players and we know how to shut games down and that's what we did on Sunday."

Noble's own performance was eye-catching for the sheer amount of ground he covered during the 90 minutes - plus nine minutes of added time.

A tireless worker and fearless tackler, the midfielder worked his socks off in typical style to subdue the home side and upset his one-time manager Pardew.

"Obviously it was a big pitch out there! I enjoyed it as I had loads of the ball and created a lot of stuff so I'm over the moon. I was playing against some top players in there like Cabaye so I enjoyed it."

West Ham's victory took them up to sixth in the Barclays Premier League table after eleven matches and above the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool - a position every fan would have been delighted with at the start of the season.

Now, Noble says the Hammers cannot afford to rest on their laurels, but instead push on again to maintain their top-half placing.

"We just have to keep doing what we have been doing. We can't get carried away because we will get punished. If we play like did on Sunday and at QPR away and like we have been doing at home, we can have a top season."

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