West Ham go top of the Championship

westham.jpgWest Ham moved to the top of the Championship table thanks to a brace of penalties from Mark Noble.

Saturday's 2-1 win over struggling Nottingham Forest took the Irons three points clear of Southampton, although the Saints could return to the top if they beat Leicester at home tonight.

However West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was delighted to see his side top the table as the promotion race hots up.

He said: "I think we will get a psychological boost from going top.

"We might not stay there that long but we've shown that we can get there. When we've had the opportunity to get there before we've blown it. We didn't blow it on Saturday and got the precious three points we were looking for and can feel very satisfied by getting the 53 points we have done up until now."

FF-dec10-Tomkins142.jpgSaturday proved to be an even better day for the Irons after highly-rated central defender James Tomkins signed a new contract with the club.

The 22-year-old academy product has pledged his future to the Hammers until the summer of 2016, with the club having the option to extend the contract for a further year.

Tomkins had been linked with a transfer window move to the Premier League, with Newcastle - managed by former Irons boss Alan Pardew - rumoured to be keen.

Tomkins said: "I'm really pleased that I've signed a new contract at the club. It's nice to end the speculation about what people have been saying in the papers and commit my future to the club and concentrate on my football.

"By signing this deal, I'm showing my commitment to the club as they've been brilliant to me this year with all the support they have given to me and the rest of the players. If they continue doing that then together we can return the club back to the Premier League, where we believe we belong.

"Sam Allardyce has been brilliant this year as well and has shown what he can do on and off the pitch as a motivational manager."

West Ham are not in action this weekend because of the FA Cup fixtures. Their next game is at Ipswich next Tuesday.