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2013-08-30T08:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:07:08

Noble stoked for Potters clash

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble is hopeful home advantage will help the team build upon their unbeaten start to the season, when they entertain Stoke City on Saturday.

The Hammers have the opportunity to extend their run to four games without defeat after an opening day win over Cardiff City was followed up with a 0-0 draw away to Newcastle and then a Capital One Cup victory over Cheltenham Town.

Noble was rested for Tuesday night's win, but returns to the team eager to carry on the side's decent run against an opponent who has undergone big changes over the summer.

He said: "Stoke City pass it a lot more now, they've got some quality players.

"It will be a tough game on Saturday. We'll need to be on it to win the game and hopefully we can come away with another three points and make it an even better start."

A win will mean Sam Allardyce's team have taken a point more than at the same stage last season, where two wins and a defeat yielded six points.

This season though, the popular midfielder believes the team have raised their expectations and are satisfied with the start they've made.

"It's been a strong start; I've just said to someone else that when you're disappointed with a point away to Newcastle it shows how far you've come as a club.

"We sat in the changing room after the game disappointed that we hadn't won the game.

"We had more than one chance to score a goal and we didn't manage to finish them off. We move onto Stoke on Saturday now which we're looking forward to."

A key reason for the team's strong start to the season has been a miserly defence which has only allowed one shot on target over the course of two matches in the Barclays Premier League.

Noble believes that if their fine form is to be maintained then the whole team will have to contribute to keeping the ball away from the Hammers goal.

"The whole team works hard for each other, from the forwards through the midfield to the wingers to the backs; we're all working as one.

"When you work together you get results and if teams don't have shots on target they don't score, so if we keep that up it will be fantastic.

"It's a credit to the lads that we've only had one shot on target against us and it's got to continue all through the team.

"The less time the defence have to defend the fewer mistakes there will be and obviously mistakes cost you goals."

Despite not featuring in Tuesday night's win over Cheltenham, Noble is hopeful that the team can make good progress in the Capital One Cup this year and in the process provide fans with the entertainment they deserve.

"The lads did brilliantly; a win is a win in the cup no matter what.

"We'd like to have a cup run and take the fans all-round the country and hopefully to Wembley, that's the goal. And if we keep our Premier League form up then hopefully it will be a good year.

"The fans have been brilliant, they need to keep up what they're doing, keep getting behind the team and hopefully we can reward them with another three points."


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