Mark Noble is looking forward to Sunday's London derby between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Hammer of the Year scored his maiden league goal against Spurs in a thrilling 4-3 home defeat by the north London side at the Boleyn Ground back in March 2007 - a defeat that left West Ham's Premier League survival hopes hanging by a thread.

Inspired by Noble, Carlos Tevez and company, the Hammers went on to win seven of their final nine games to survive courtesy of a final-day 1-0 victory at Manchester United. However, the No16 still remembers the afternoon nearly six years ago that defeat by Tottenham reduced him to tears.

"I was supposed to play the week before, against Charlton," the 25-year-old told the London Evening Standard. "But the day before the game, I turned my ankle in training and although I tried to brave it, the ankle was just too sore.

"I was really gutted about that but the following week we were due to play Spurs at home and Kevin Keen, who was the coach, told me I was definitely back in the team and to enjoy it. I remember after the first 20 minutes I had been booked and then hit a half-volley which went in the bottom corner.

"It was my first league goal and I didn't know what to do with myself — where to run. We went 2-0 up when Carlos Tevez also scored his first goal and everything was buzzing. Sadly we ended up losing 4-3 with them scoring the winner in the last minute and I still get stick for crying on the pitch at the end.

"That match seemed to turn the season around for us. It set the ball rolling and ended with us staying up on the last day at Old Trafford."

Noble has turned out nine times for West Ham against Tottenham, but finished on the winning side only once - a 1-0 home victory in September 2010. He has played four times at White Hart Lane, losing twice and drawing twice, but is targeting a first victory in N17 this weekend.

"Playing at Tottenham has become a special match for me. I love playing at White Hart Lane, I think it's a great place to play and they're a top team. My full Premier League debut was there in November. We drew 1-1 and I remember Edgar Davids was playing for Spurs.

"We go there on Sunday excited and with confidence in our team. We have a really tough few games coming up but there doesn't seem to be teams with an aura about them."

West Ham follow Sunday's visit to north London with a trip to Old Trafford on Wednesday and home fixtures with Chelsea and Liverpool. Noble is determined to enjoy every minute of the matches against the Barclays Premier League's best.

"It doesn't come much tougher than Spurs and Manchester United away followed by Chelsea at home but we have to remember we were losing to at home to Burnley in the Championship this time last year."