- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LONDON (AP) - Mark Noble fired West Ham to a nervy but crucial 1-0 win over Burnley in the English Premier League on Wednesday following a run of six league games without a victory.

The captain grabbed the winner in first-half stoppage time with a goal that summed up an unconvincing display, scoring from the rebound after his penalty was saved by goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

A glaring miss from Burnley striker Sam Vokes and a superb save from goalkeeper Darren Randolph secured three vital points for West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.

It was West Ham’s first victory after a run of seven games without a win in all competitions, and moved the London club four points clear of the relegation zone.

“It was a very important win and very hard fought,” Bilic said. “It was a long game, to be fair, but I think we deserved it. It was two different halves, in the first half we controlled the game and should have been two up.

“I have praised the players for the three points but in the second half I saw what I call that cramp, when you are afraid of winning. It happens to clubs who are underachieving. I don’t want it. The only way it goes away is by winning games and climbing the table.”

Burnley has picked up only a solitary point on the road this season and has never won a Premier League game in London.

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