Noble describes highs and lows of Spurs game

Mark Noble was euphoric after scoring his first Premiership goal on Sunday to put the Hammers ahead against Tottenham, but the 4-3 defeat left him in tears at the final whistle.

"I was over the moon to get my first goal, but it was all about the result," he said. "We looked like we had done it, so to lose was devastating.

"The fight and commitment were first class, but it's just not going for us at the moment. Every time we get ourselves in a good position, something goes against us, and it almost seems like there is a curse on the club.

"I know we keep saying it, but the only thing we can do is to look to the next game, and show the same fight and determination up at Blackburn next week."

A lifelong Hammers fan, Mark was proud of the team's performance as they put three goals past Spurs but were beaten right at the death.

"I thought the boys brought a bit of pride back to the Club on Sunday," he said. "It was important for the fans to see that we do care and want to do something about the position we are in.

"They've been getting on our backs recently because they haven't seen that, but against Spurs we showed that we are willing to fight for them.

"The way they clapped us off at the end showed that they were proud of their team again, and we've now got to take that up to Blackburn."

"I was crying at the end - I think it was just the whole emotion of losing in the way we did. I really thought we'd won it when we scored the third goal, and I wanted to win it so bad, which is probably why it hurt so much at the end.

"It had started so well and I was delighted with my goal. Funnily enough, I had been lying in bed the night before, thinking to myself: 'can I score again?' and I was dreaming about getting the winner against Spurs.

"I earned my family a few quid - they always back me to get the first goal! I've done it twice this season now, and all I want to do now is stay in the team for the rest of the season.

The 19-year-old midfielder is hoping to consolidate his place in Alan Curbishley's side until the end of the season and fight for the Club's Premiership status.

"It means so much to me," he admitted. "I love being involved, and I'll give everything I have for this Club whenever I pull the shirt on. I set myself high standards and I just want to help the team in any way I can.

"I still believe we can stay up - we've all got to keep believing. We have to fight until the very last kick of the season, and if we do that for the final nine games, then we've got a chance."