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Luckless Hull pay penalty as West Ham snatch win
December 17, 2016 / 5:19 PM / a year ago

Luckless Hull pay penalty as West Ham snatch win

(Reuters) - Mark Noble’s penalty earned West Ham United a smash-and-grab 1-0 victory over Hull City after the luckless visitors were denied three times by the woodwork at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Britain Football Soccer - West Ham United v Hull City - Premier League - London Stadium - 17/12/16 West Ham United's Mark Noble celebrates scoring their first goal Reuters / Paul Hackett Livepic

Nervy West Ham were outplayed throughout the first half in which Hull’s Dieumerci Mbokani shot against the inside of a post and the pattern continued after the break.

Captain Noble almost scored an own goal when his header struck a post before Andrew Robertson’s sweetly-struck shot rattled the frame of Darren Randolph’s goal.

West Ham’s good fortune continued in the 76th minute when Tom Huddlestone was harshly-adjudged to have pulled down Michail Antonio and Noble stepped up to convert the spot-kick and condemn Hull to a seventh away defeat of the season.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond

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