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CandH Player Watch on Mark Noble


CandH introduces a new feature this evening with our Facebook Group member Danny Danielli Leach taking up his new role of tracking a particular Hammer every week in Player Watch. Welcome aboard Dan – thanks and a big well done mate!


After a spirited display in midweek in the Spurs derby, the captain Noble managed to fight off Obiang to start against Crystal Palace. Could he replicate the passionate performance in the derby?

Mark-Noble-64091418 – A misplaced pass leads to Palace attacking on the break and getting a half chance

23 – A bad first touch is taken advantage by Milivojevic who Noble then fouls

25 – Plays a very good cross field ball to Fonte but when Palace regain possession but in the same minute he trips up an opponent

48 – Very poor swipe at the ball up field leads to Palace attack who go on to win a penalty from which they score

62 – Assists Chicharito for a shot at a very tight angle

66 – Lunges in recklessly on Fosu-Mensah

68 – Plays a poor pass into Schlupp

81 – Slides in to clear ball for corner preventing a cross getting in the box

82 – Plays a good ball out wide for Antonio which he crosses in

85 – Attempts a slide tackle on Ruben Loftus-Cheek but is left sitting on the floor as Loftus-Cheek glides past him

90 – Plays another bad pass into the feet of the opposition

VERDICT: time and time again our captain runs around the midfield with the badge on his heart never giving anything less than 110%. However he did not produce the performance of a captain and did not keep up with the intensity or tempo of the match. He was arguably the weak link today and a return for Obiang in midfield would seem likely after today’s display

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8 comments on “CandH Player Watch on Mark Noble

  1. …yet I’ve read another report which gives him an 8/10. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think this is an interesting experiment, but I wonder how many time we’ll focus on the mistakes rather than the good things players do, like their positional sense, their words to the players around them etc.

    Looking forward to the next player watch – well done.

  2. Yes buddy it was by his mum!lol
    Hart summed it up shan he said we can’t keep letting them run through us !!!
    That was a direct as you like poke at our midfield ! This is noble , just as danny says ?
    As we all know already lol! First goal v spurs as sisoko ran right through the middle with noble playing tortoise again , he is not a leader ! A big heart but not good enough ?

  3. Those who do not learn by their mistakes are destined to repeat them.Every week its the same excuses we hear in the press conferences.Nothing has changed.

  4. Bilic can kid himself with noble but not me !! Cut his own throat as I thought he would with that team selection !! 😉

  5. Did you do one for nobles performance against spurs where he was superb? Elsewhere on this website there are match ratings where everyone was criticised..so why are you just focusing on noble? So much criticism from one week to the next on social media about all players and this site especially…obiang would not have made any difference…I hope noble keeps his place next week and shuts a few of you up…

  6. It’s easier to criticize than it is to praise sometimes. Perhaps a better format for your player watch would be to highlight 5 good points and 5 bad points and then let readers decide the balance for themselves?

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