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Kevin Nolan's two goals in three minutes earned his side a vital win and the Hammers boss was understandably pleased, while opposite number Paul Lambert woed defensive errors

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce praised all areas of his side's performance against Aston Villa and, as they move out of the bottom three, believes their 2-0 victory has taken the pressure off their recent relegation worries.

The 59-year-old saw captain Kevin Nolan secure his side all three points when his two quick goals after the break saw them claim an identical result to last weekend's home victory against Swansea City.

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And, after three victories in their last five league fixtures, Allardyce believes his side  have 'relieved a lot of pressure' by moving out of the relegation zone.

"I was giving the lads a little bit of stick at half-time about not taking the lead after so much really attacking play," he admitted to reporters. "I thought we wasted the opportunity to take the lead on several occasions.

"Effectively we finished Villa off at that stage. It’s back-to-back wins for us which at this stage of the season, where we are in the league, has relieved a lot of pressure off us.

"Professionally I thought we were outstanding defensively. We’ve got another clean sheet – 12 this season now – and things are looking a lot better with 10 points out of the last five games."

But Paul Lambert's home woes at Villa Park continued with the defeat and the 44-year-old lamented the defending that saw them concede twice in a short space of time - and not for the first time this season.

"I’m disappointed as the two goals were really disappointing," he told reporters. "You’re level just after half-time, we’re attacking into our favoured end and you think something could happen. 

"We lost the first goal and that put us on the back foot but obviously we’ve lost two through an error and that puts you on the back foot even more. At this level, you cannot defend that way. 

"Against West Brom it was the same, Liverpool it was either side of half-time, but that was probably the most hurting one. The first goal especially, it doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, you deal with that."

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