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On This Day: Nolan goal secures West Ham victory on Premier League return


Taking a look back at a classic West Ham United moment on this day in history, in association with RoadX Tyres...

West Ham United marked their Premier League return with a win over Aston Villa on this day in 2012.

Sam Allardyce's newly-promoted Hammers went ahead five minutes before half-time when Play-Off final hero Ricardo Vaz Te pulled the ball across for Kevin Nolan to sidefoot home.

The assistant referee raised his flag, believing Vaz Te was offside, but referee Mike Dean overruled the decision and awarded the goal.

Carlton Cole and debutant Modibo Maiga went close to doubling West Ham's lead in the second half, but ultimately Nolan's goal was enough to secure three points to kick-off the 2012/13 Premier League campaign.

The Irons would go on to finish tenth on 46 points, five places and five points ahead of Aston Villa.

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