Mark Noble now believes the Irons are ready to mix it with the top teams admitting: “There’s a feel good factor all around the club.”
He added that there had been talk of Manchester United staging a Title challenge this season but the Irons were showing via results that they are more than capable of taking on the best.
He said: “When you perform as well as we did today and take the three points you realise that you can take on and beat the top sides. There’ a self belief.”
Nobes had of course made it clear he believed Manuel Pellegrini could be at the club for a long time in an interview last week and the manager’s influence of the side is growing game by game.
The captain himself had an outstanding game in what was a top team performance but singled out Aaron Cresswell for words of praise.
Cress scored with a fabulous free kick and Noble said: He put in a great performance and that was a fantastic free kick -three clean sheets now, it’s all looking good.”
Cresswell admitted that his performance on the opening day in a 5-0 defeat by Man City simply wasn’t good enough adding: “Arthur came in and did well so I’m happy with today.”