Noble still on a high

Mark Noble is looking to Sunday's match with Everton on a high after "one of the best moments I have had" as a West Ham United player.

The whole-hearted midfielder was at his best in the midweek victory against Aston Villa that saw him keep him composure for a pressure penalty before playing a part in the late push for a winning goal. When it ultimately came courtesy of Zavon Hines' precise finish deep into added time, Noble was left mentally exhausted.

"It was just incredible, the noise," he said. "It was so emotionally charged because e we needed the win so much. It was brilliant and now hopefully we can kick on. It is an unbelievable feeling when you score a goal like that. You just feel like crying. I was cuddling Scotty [Parker]and it was unbelievable to be involved with that.

"We kept going and going. The crowd were unbelievable when they got the equaliser they still cheered us and they didn't get on our backs. I thought that is what we need with the moment we are going through.

"I feel I have got a right to say that because I am a West Ham fan myself and I have been brought up round here. But I thought they were unbelievable and we won that game partly because of them."

Noble, still only 22, has been back in training at Chadwell Heath and understandably morale has been high around the place as the squad prepare for Sunday's chance to make it four matches unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League. It will be a personal milestone as well as it marks the 100th league outing for the longest-serving player.

"The confidence is up for Everton. We will rest well, train well and hopefully the fans will turn up like they did against Villa. It will be fantastic if they get behind us and drive us on to another win.

"Wednesday was important. I can say the moments I have been through with this club that was emotionally one of the best moments I have had. It was so good to be involved with that. It was a really tough game, really tough, but in the end I thought we deserved it."

And what of the spot-kick that Noble stepped up to convert just before half-time? The former England Under-21 captain said there was no way he was going to let the occasion get the better of him. "I missed my last penalty and I was gutted about that and I have been waiting that long to make up for it.

"I thought 'I ain't making no mistake here. This is either going in the top corner or it is going in the stand.' Thankfully it went in the top corner." The ball hitting the back of the net prompted a wild celebration from the local boy, running to the bench and to the manager who he claims has brought the best out of him this past year.