Hello everybody,

Last weekend's win at Cardiff City was a massive boost for all of us. After two poor results in the cups it was just what we needed and now we have a platform to build from when Newcastle United visit the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

At Cardiff, you could see from the way the lads worked, and with Kev and Ginge travelling with us, that we're all together. The whole squad was happy for each other and that's what you need when you're in the position that we're in.

It was nice to get back on the scoresheet - I enjoy getting forward but obviously the position I play in means those opportunities are quite rare. But I saw big AC get the ball and the space opened up, so I went for it and obviously it paid off.

You could see in the pictures of the celebration that Andy was buzzing. It was like he was holding a little boy - he just held me up with one arm and put the other arm in the air. It was a nice picture and nice for him to come back, set up a goal and be involved in a win. Hopefully we can have many more of them.

AC shows his strength when celebrating Mark Noble's goal at Cardiff!

Being captain in Nobby's absence is something that has given me pride. It's a lot nicer when you win games of course, but I've enjoyed it. Kev's suspended for one more game and then it's his again. He's captain of the Club so I've been enjoying it and taking it on board

I just dug in for the lads last weekend. We needed the points obviously and you could have given the plaudits to any player who was out there that day. They were all brilliant, and scoring late doors to seal the win helped me, but as I said, that praise could have gone to any one of us.

There was a bit of news this week that Carlton has signed a new contract and we're all buzzing for him. As well as the goals he's scored lately, he's great to have around the place. Just as a character, when times aren't going so well, he's brilliant to have here.

Me and Coley have been together for so long here now that it would be a bit strange not walking in and seeing his grin every morning.

We've got Newcastle on Saturday and they are a tough team, I've played under Pards before and I know how he gets his team motivated. He's a top manager and I think that's shown in their results this year.

Pards was great for me at the start of my career. He gave me my debut, he believed in me and I've got the utmost respect for the man. I really enjoyed working under him, and my career took off because he believed in me. You've got to appreciate when you get that chance with someone, but hopefully we can get one over him on Saturday and take the points from them because we need it more than they do.

It would be fantastic to get our first back-to-back wins since being back in the Premier League on Saturday. It would be a very good day for the players, the staff and the Club. We need to put that record right, and if there's a perfect time to get that little hoodoo off us it's this weekend.

Come on you Irons!

Mark Noble

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