Kevin Nolan has waited all season to feed off Andy Carroll and the pair returned with a bang to down Swansea City on Saturday.

The Hammers skipper scored both goals in his side's first home win of 2014, latching onto two knockdowns from the big No9 to record his third and fourth strikes of the season.

Carroll was later shown red following an aerial tussle with Swansea's Chico Flores, and although he was disappointed to see his team mate receive the dismissal, he still hailed a wonderful effort from the Hammers.

He said: "We're absolutely delighted, it was a great victory after a well deserved point on Wednesday night.

"It's just marred by an incident, but hopefully that'll get overturned and we can just get on with it and look forward to what's going to be another tough game away to Aston Villa.

"Andy was gutted because he wanted to get minutes too, which is important for him, and he's honest enough to say it's definitely not a red. You sort of know when someone's done something wrong and I sort of knew he hadn't.

"He was very surprised, it was difficult, but we showed tremendous character to grind the result out."

Nolan and Carroll are well known for their understanding in forward areas and the skipper was delighted that their hard work on the training pitch is paying off again.

He continued: "Everyone's forgotten what it's like because we haven't been able to do it on a regular basis for a long time - we knew that the more and more he got his fitness up, we had that in us.

"We've been working hard on the training pitch together just to make sure that we get it right, and today we reaped the rewards.

"After a left-footed goal and the header, I was hoping for a right-footer to get the perfect hat-trick! I'm just delighted with another clean sheet - that's the most out of all the Premier League clubs

"It shows how hard we've been working, and now we've got all the lads in there doing their bits and bobs."

Saturday also saw the return from injury of Winston Reid, and Nolan is sure that as the Hammers injury list continues to clear, they will climb the Barclays Premier League table.

He added: "We have just got to make sure we keep a clean bill of health now.and if we do you'll see performances like today's throughout the rest of the season.

"Saturday proved that with a mostly-fit squad, we will get results. Hopefully now touch wood you'll see us moving onwards and upwards."