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Noble issues rallying cry

Mark Noble has urged the Hammers squad to be harder on themselves!

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The captain was present as the Irons turned in an exciting but ultimately losing performance against Arsenal at the Emirates.

And he was not 100% happy with what he saw, insisting that the players must demand more of themselves if results are to pick up.

Writing for the Evening Standard, he said: “I’ve had a back problem which has kept me out for 10 days but I went with the squad to watch us play Arsenal. Afterwards I said to a few of the boys that we need to be harder on ourselves.

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“No matter how badly Arsenal play, they are always going to create chances at home with the players they have. We had three or four really good chances in the first half and didn’t take them. If we want to go to the next level, we must make the most of our opportunities and demand more of each other.

“I don’t want us to play ‘basketball’ football, where we have a chance and then they have one — we took the lead against Bournemouth and Arsenal and lost both games — but we need to improve drastically because we’re conceding too many goals.”

The first chance to keep a clean sheet will come against Wolves this weekend.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

8 comments on “Noble issues rallying cry

  1. Lets hope he is right, the first player he should look at this season is himself he has resembled a pac man ghost in midfield where the pac men on the other team have run rings around him bournemouth in particular filling up on cherries !!

    • Again, why are you having a pop at noble for that. He’s spot on we haven’t been clinical enough. And we let in too many goals. What about the rest of the team. The worst player at Liverpool was rice, and wilshere has been non existent. Why are you not hav8ng a go at them? As for the back 4 the less said the better. Noble is spot on and if you don’t like his honesty that’s tough.

  2. Just read about Nobles injuries last season which he carried in all the games he played.
    Very Noble ( excuse the pun ) I don’t think, if he wasn’t fit then he shouldn’t have played, probably the reason we lost so many times when he did play, if you are injured then rest and let a fully fit player take your place.
    I find it incredible that he was so selfish and arrogant to think that he, half fit, was better than any other midfielder, he held them back and thought himself above them and for that I hope he never plays for the first team again.

    • Yes Slav was really angry when he found out or so it was reported…

    • Couldn’t have put it better myself Oldiron. One wonders what effect that kind of arrogance and sense of entitlement had on team spirit

      • Muckraker, again what nonsense. We weren’t good enough. And neither were the managers. That was it. Arrogance and selentitled – what are you going on about.

    • What a load of rubbish. Noble is the most unselfish player you could wish to meet. So unselfish that he let arnautovic take the pen v Bournemouth to get him off the mark. Absolute nonsense your talking, we didn’t lose so many games because noble was playing and in the second half of the season he was our best midfield player, we lost games because we went good enough. If you also think players don’t play with knocks your very naive.

  3. I agree that Noble lacks pace – but I would much rather a player who when injured comes along to support the team than one who is busy downing some pints while the match is on

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