Mark Noble is ready and raring to go for Saturday's Barclays Premier League season opener against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Hammer of the Year scored from the spot as West Ham United concluded their pre-season programme at the weekend with a 3-2 victory over Sampdoria.

It brought a first summer win over 90 minutes for Sam Allardyce's men and Noble was delighted with the performance.

"It was brilliant on Saturday," he beamed. "I thought we played really well and gave the fans a good game to watch. For Reece [Burke] to score the winner was a lovely way to top the day off.

"I'm looking forward to Tottenham. I think it'll be a harder game than the one we had here at the end of last season, but the atmosphere is always fantastic for the first game of the season.

"With them having a new manager, everyone will want to impress him, so everyone's going to have to play as well as they did last Saturday for us and hopefully get the three points.

"We need the crowd behind us and hopefully they will be."

The win over Sampdoria was characterised by strong performances from the Club's Academy players, and Noble had praise for the subbsitutes - both young and experienced.

He added: "Pottsy came on and won the penalty. He played really well, then Elliot {Lee} came on and was brilliant for the 20 minutes he was on and Reece popped up with the winner.

"The substitutes all came on and made a difference - when Mo's playing like that he's untouchable.

"I've always said that the results in pre-season don't matter and it's the performances and getting the lads through it that's the focus.

"I went through an unbeaten pre-season with Avram Grant and we all know what happened that year, so the results don't matter, but I thought we played really well against Sampdoria and it was nice to get the win."

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