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2013-09-17T06:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T23:59:29

Noble thankful for Jussi saves

Mark Noble was full of praise for goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen after he made a string of fine saves to preserve West Ham United's point at Southampton on Sunday.

Jaaskelainen denied Dani Osvaldo, Morgan Schneiderlin and Rickie Lambert as the Finn proved unbeatable en route to a third clean sheet from four Barclays Premier League starts this term.

Noble was impressed not only with his display, but that of the whole back four as the Hammers' solidity continued.

While he now wants to see a greater ruthlessness from the Londoners going forward, he was satisfied with the hard-won point at St Mary's.

"Jussi made a couple of great saves and at the end of the day, we were happy with a point," he said. "We haven't been scoring goals lately, but we have been keeping clean sheets and it was good to come away with a point against a good side in Southampton.

"When you're not scoring goals you need your goalkeeper to be on it, and on Sunday he was. He made a few great saves for us, and then we've had a chance late on for Ginge to win it.

"In training the big man normally sticks those away, but he's shanked that one over the bar, so he was gutted in the changing room after, but overall we were happy with the point.

"We were poor a couple of weeks ago against Stoke and that's unlike us. We played well against Newcastle and had chances to win the game, we played well against Cardiff and did okay again at Southampton.

"Sometimes playing away from home you need that little bit of luck. Rickie [Lambert] hit the post with a header, and they might have won it, but we stuck in, Jussi did great and we came away a point."

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