MARK Noble emerged from the West Ham United dressing room, his
arms laden with trophies after scooping Young Hammer of the Year
and runner-up to Teddy Sheringham in the Hammer of the Year
Not bad for a 17-year-old Academy graduate who only made his
first-team debut in January.
And despite his disappointment at the side's 2-1 defeat to
Sunderland, Mark could not hide a smile when asked about his haul
"It's fantastic," he beamed, "a brilliant
season for me and to get two awards that are voted for by the fans
is just incredible.
"I can hardly believe it really and if you would have said
to me at the start of the season that I'd be walking away with
Hammer of the Year runner-up and Young Hammer of the Year I'd
have said you were mad.
"It's been tremendous for me personally. I feel really
lucky and now it's important that I kick-on and make sure that
I keep improving and taking steps forward."
Mark remains adamant that he can still make it a successful end
to the season with the Hammers, and after seeing his home-town club
move back into the top six with Reading's weekend defeat, he
insisted the team have still got a great chance.
"It's not over," he said defiantly, "we knew
that after the Sunderland game and when Reading didn't get
their result against Wolves it moved us back into the top six.
"Effectively, we have got to be the better placed going
into the last game. It's going to be a really tight finish, but
all we can do is win our game and see where it leaves us.
"We're desperate to be in those Play-offs. You could
see against Sunderland how much it means to our fans. They were
tremendous, it was an incredible game to be involved in, and I was
gutted about the defeat.
"They were a good side, but to lose 2-1 after being a goal
up at half-time was tough. I went home and must have really annoyed
my parents that night. Even after getting the awards I was really
disappointed about the result, because it was a great
"But if we make the Play-offs there will be an even better
atmosphere at Upton Park for the semi-final, and that's our
only aim right now.
"Hopefully, we'll have a good week in training and we
can go out, be positive and get the three points against Watford
that will see us into the Play-offs. From there, who knows?
"We'll just give it our all and see what