Noble knows the score

Mark Noble is aiming to enjoy better fortune than on his last visit to Eastlands to take on Manchester City when West Ham United arrive on Monday night.

Little more than a year ago, the midfielder was sent off after just 38 minutes for two yellow cards in a 3-0 defeat for the Hammers that saw nothing go right on the day. After that disappointment on 23 August 2008, it was a different story in the return match on 1 March this year at the Boleyn Ground when Jack Collison's solitary strike gave West Ham all three points.

"Hopefully it will be good for us and we can go there and win," said Noble. "I remember playing them last season and we had some good games with them. I got sent off there which wasn't so good though but we go there now and [it is different], they are known as one of the big teams now with the players they have got."

Despite the considerable riches at City's disposal, the homegrown Hammer said he and his team-mates should not be overly concerned. "We don't fear them. We know they have got a lot more ability in their team [than last season]. Craig Bellamy is on fire and we know what he is capable of. I think it will be a good game to play in. They play football and so do we. May the best team win."

The match will be the Hammers fifth on the road out of seven games in all competitions this season, and Noble said there was a determination to get a first win in five attempts. "I am looking forward to the game. They are doing so well at the minute. We are playing well but aren't picking up results. We need to start getting some points.

"Monday is our first priority," added the 22-year-old. We need to go there and pay the way we can do and hopefully get some points off them It is a lovely stadium to play at. If we can go there and put a good stall out and get some points that would be fantastic."