Noble on a high for Hartlepool

Mark Noble is looking forward to the FA Cup fourth-round trip to Hartlepool United on Saturday as something "a bit different".

In the league, West Ham United are flying with four matches unbeaten and are up to eighth in the standings. After recent trips to the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle United - the Hammers are now relishing the prospect of heading to Hartlepool's Victoria Park with its capacity of just over 7,500. It is such contests that make the competition so special and Noble is more than up for the cup.

The 21-year-old said: "It is going to be a bit different for us. It should be a great cup tie and they are going to be up for it with a Premier League team going there in the cup. It is important for the club and the players to get that incentive to go on and get that run. It's good for the fans as well as they love the cup."

The midfielder, who scored from the penalty spot for the second successive home game in the 3-1 defeat of Fulham last weekend, said morale is high in the camp. "It makes a huge difference where we are in the table. We've just got to keep cracking on and playing well and I think we can just crack on now this year.

"It was a really good home win, we knew what we could do. We were just gutted we couldn't get the three points at Newcastle. We thought we had a chance to do that but we let a 2-1 lead slip. I thought against Fulham we were brilliant and showed we had the fight and desire to go on and win games.

"It's just nice to score a goal but you still have to put them away from the penalty spot as it is like a one on one. It was nice to get on the score-sheet again but I'm also delighted for Coley to get on the score-sheet for the fifth time in five games and we're really gelling as a team now.

"Carlton has been working hard in training every day with the gaffer and he can only help Coley and he is brilliant for his confidence. Hopefully he can carry that on as it's a major thing for us."