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Thursday 19 September Updated Wednesday 18 February

Noble unfazed by Toffees test

Mark Noble is looking forward to pitting his wits against the likes of Gareth Barry and Ross Barkley when West Ham United take on Everton on Saturday.

The Toffees added to their midfield talent towards the end of the transfer window by bringing in Barry from Manchester City and James McCarthy from Wigan Athletic.

They have made an unbeaten start to the campaign and defeated Chelsea last time out, but Noble insists they will not relish a trip to east London.

"We're looking forward to Everton, it's going to be a good game," he told West Ham TV. "They're a top side and have just beaten Chelsea so their confidence is going to be up. West Ham is a tough place to come and we need to make it that again.

"It's the same every week, every team in the Premier League has top midfield players. It's the best league in the world and that's why the best players want to play there.

"So I don't worry about it at all, I just enjoy the challenge really. They're playing differently now under Martinez, who plays similarly to how they did at Wigan.

"We've done our homework on Everton, we know how they play and we're looking forward to the game."

The Hammers will be looking to get back on track in E13, having suffered a rare defeat on their own patch to Stoke City in their last home match.

"It's a good chance for us to get back to winning ways at home," Noble added. "Our last home game wasn't the best and we know we need to put in a good performance, coming off a good away point at Southampton.

"We like playing at home in front of our fans and hopefully we can get the three points."

Cardiff

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