Mark returns to squad with Noble intentions

Mark Noble returns to the West Ham United first team squad for today's clash at Bolton Wanderers and admits that Hammers must come away from the Reebok Stadium with a positive result.

The young midfielder, who recently headed back to Upton Park after a loan spell at Championship side Ipswich Town, has been included in Alan Pardew's 19-man travelling party. And he is in no doubt that everyone will answer the manager's call to fight for the points against Sam Allardyce's men.

"We will go into the game positive, looking to rectify the mistakes of Wednesday's game with Wigan," says Mark. "That will drive us on no end, because we want to put things right and get a good result away from home.

"These are two big games for us, this one and then Manchester United at home and everyone is focused."

Mark adds: "The gaffer wants us to fight the battle and all the boys are definitely up for it. Training has been really sharp; everyone has been working hard and we want to put the Wigan result behind us. We know we can do that by getting a good result against Bolton."

Having made an impressive introduction to the Premiership at this stage of last season, Mark will be hoping to make a similar impact in the coming weeks. But the 19-year-old knows that it is simply a case of continuing to work as hard as he can to earn his opportunity.

"The gaffer knows he won't have any worries if he has to throw me in," he says. "I will take my chance 100 per cent, whenever the time comes. Since I have been back, I've just carried on doing what I always do, working hard and make sure I'm ready to play a part for the team when called upon."

Today will be a case of battling it out against a Bolton side renowned for their direct and physical style, but Mark has faith in Hammers' ability to respond to the fight.

"The fans were disappointed with what happened last Wednesday, because they know we are capable of much better things," he says. "The boys want to show that as well. If we can get back to basics and do what we were doing last year, then I'm sure we can get back up the league table again.

"We will be putting everything into the game, because it's important we come home with something. I'm sure if we set our stall out right, we can get a result."

By Laura Burkin