HAVING recovered from a back injury, young midfielder Mark Noble hopes he can play a part in what he believes will be some big games over the next few weeks, starting with Saturday's clash against West Brom.
The 18-year-old was back in action in the Reserves' 1-0 win
over Norwich at Upton Park on Wednesday night.
And he was pleased to get back on the pitch after a frustrating spell on the sidelines.
He said: "It was good to get a game, and we won, which was great. It's been frustrating, I've had a few problems with my back but have been back in full training for just over a week now and have been feeling sharper and fitter with each day.
"It's just a case of getting some games under my belt now and hopefully fighting my way back into first-team contention."
With Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United looming large on the horizon Mark will certainly be desperate to fight his way back into Pards' team. But the Academy graduate insists the team are looking no further than the visit of Bryan Robson's Baggies.
He said: "There's some massive games coming up and while some people will be looking at the fixture list to the Spurs and Man ' games, West Brom is a big one for us, one that we want to win, and that's all we're focusing on at the moment."
"We've had a great start and if we can keep the form
going at home then that will be a huge achievement. It's so
important to win the home games against those teams that are in and
around you in the League, that's why the lads are so focused
going into the West Brom match.
"There are three leagues in the Premiership if you like - top, middle and bottom. What we have to do is stay in that middle pack, and the only way to do that is making sure we win our games against the other teams in the middle and bottom tiers."
Mark got a taste of Premiership action in Hammers opening day triumph over Blackburn Rovers, but since then it's been a frustrating wait for the local hero.
But Mark knows that he'll have to bide his time for a chance
in Alan Pardew's high-flying Hammers.
He said: "I broke into the first-team last season and from then on, I just wanted to play in every game. But that's how it has always been for me.
"I believe I can play in this League and the grea thing is that Alan Pardew does as well.
"But the lads that are in the team are playing really well at the moment and they deserve their places. But I know I'm still young and if I keep working hard then hopefully I'll get my chance."