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Thursday 27 March Updated Wednesday 18 February

A message from Mark Noble

Hello everyone,

Wednesday night's win over Hull City was a massive victory for us. It meant we went above them in the table and now have 34 points with seven matches still to play.

We go to Sunderland on Monday night with confidence and knowing that a win at the Stadium of Light would edge us very close to safety in the Barclays Premier League.

On Wednesday night, Hull went down to ten men and the expectation gets bigger, and we felt that.

As teams have found against us this season - Swansea City and Cardiff City - it can be difficult to play against ten men, because you automatically run that little bit further and try that little bit harder to make up for being a man down.

You've got to keep the ball and not force things because, with ten, the opposition sit behind the ball and make it hard for you. Hull certainly did that on Wednesday, but we handled them and got the three points we so badly needed.

At the end of the day, they are a Barclays Premier League team and they've beaten some good sides this season. With ten men, they kept possession well and tried to sit in and play on the break, but we defended well and Adrian hardly had a save to make.

I appreciate that we did not play our best football and that, at times, it wasn't pretty. More than anyone, I am keen to get the ball down and play, but sometimes it just doesn't happen for you as a team and as individuals, no matter how hard you try.

Although it wasn't our best performance, we did not fall short on effort and that has been a consistent theme during our recent upturn in form. Our win at Cardiff, draw at Chelsea and the four wins in February were all secured with your fantastic backing. I know people will say I am biased, but on our day we undoubtedly have the best fans in the country.

On behalf of all of the players, I can say that your support really can make a difference. We will always perform better when we are feeling relaxed and comfortable - as you would in any job - and I must admit the anxiety from the stands can spill onto the pitch and get into our minds, as much as we try to ignore it.

When that happens, some players can be affected and they make mistakes that they would not normally make. I think you could see that in our performance last night as we made mistakes we would not normally make and didn't retain the ball as well as we have done in previous games.

For that reason, I would ask that you to give your backing to the boys because I can tell you that we are giving 100 per cent for the shirt and 100 per cent for West Ham United. We know that you have spent your hard earned money to watch us and we desperately want to put a show on for you in every game.

Things might not always go our way, but that is never through a lack of effort.

Together we are stronger, so let's stick together and make sure we get as many points as possible from our last seven games.

I know we will be going up to Sunderland on Monday to try and pick up another vital three points and I'd like to thank those fans who are making the long trip up there to support us.

Come on you Irons!

Nobes

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