Noble up for Middlesbrough visit

Mark Noble may have had tears in his eyes when the final whistle blew to confirm Hammers' heartbreaking defeat at home to Spurs, but the 19-year-old midfielder is feeling positive ahead of the team's next home game - against Middlesbrough this Saturday.

"All hope's not lost," said the 19-year-old midfielder. "We've got loads of games left. The Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United games are all a bonus if we get anything there.

"I'm sure we can take points from all the others we've got and if we really stick together now we'll get results. The training has been much sharper too.

"We had Nigel Quashie back in training yesterday and Calum Davenport is coming back to fitness too so we've near enough got a full squad again. It's nice to all be back together, training hard and looking forward to Saturday."

Mark didn't quite settle into his usual stride up at Blackburn, but he was pleased to see his team-mates win after coming off at half-time.

"Me and Nigel Reo-Coker were both playing in the centre of midfield and we're both attacking players," he said. "It didn't really work so the manager had to change it for the good of the team. I understood and obviously I was disappointed because I wanted to keep playing. But we got a win at the end of the game and that was most important.

"I just want to play every game I can here and I just want to give 100%. I want to play for this club, I want to play every week and I want to be here. I think it shows on the pitch.

"Middlesbrough are going to be a tough team to face but the crowd are going to be buzzing on Saturday. They're going to get behind us as they did against Tottenham.

"If we give put in a performance as we did against Tottenham and Blackburn then I'm sure we'll come away with the three points."