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Nobby Settles for Assist - 19/12/2005

Nobby Settles for Assist

Nobby solano was able to joke about being on the scoresheet in successive weeks after he helped Newcastle United beat West Ham at Upton Park.

After his winner against Arsenal seven days earlier, the record books will show that the Peruvian winger scored an own goal on Saturday when a clearance from Titus Bramble rebounded off him and into the net for the West Ham equaliser.

However, Solano insisted: "I won't be claiming that one, but I will be claiming an assist when Michael Owen put in my free-kick for his second goal.

"It was a great result for us and we really needed it. We are still ambitious and we want to finish in the top four this season.

"To tell the truth, it's never easy at West Ham so this was a big boost for us.

"Their first goal was a bit messy, but thankfully we scored good goals ourselves through Michael and Alan.

"They will get all the headlines, but everybody from Shay Given to the front two worked very hard.

"I did not aim for Michael's shoulder, but it went in that way and sometimes you need that luck - we got it at West Ham.

"And if we work hard like this every week the results will continue to come.

"It was a relief to score after they equalised, but we were all happy with the result.

"Now we have a tough game to come at Liverpool, but we will go there looking for a similar result, and we have some big players to come back from injury.

"Hopefully, Emre and Kieron Dyer will be back."

Before he goes to Anfield, Solano will train with the rest of his colleagues on Christmas morning and then go home for lunch with his family before heading off to Merseyside around tea-time.

The popular United winger says: "The celebrations are not the same in Peru at Christmas, we celebrate it earlier. But I will be happy to join in the celebrations over here."

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