Noble faith in team

Mark Noble has spoken of the togetherness in the West Ham United camp and said each and every player is firmly committed to securing safety.

The Hammers showed their commitment last weekend by twice coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at an Everton side that had won their previous seven home fixtures. The midfielder played a part in the comeback, hitting the bar just before his corner led to Manuel da Costa's equaliser before being involved in the move when Ilan came up with a late point-saving header.


Noble, the club's longest serving player, believed the determination shown to battle back for a precious point would stand them in good stead for the final five matches - starting with Sunderland's visit this Saturday. He said: "None of us want to be in this situation, we are proud of who and what we play for. We know what we have to do for the rest of the season.

In response to claims in certain quarters that the team are not up for the fight, Noble said: "We have got a bit of spirit. [The point at Everton] shows we can come back. We are a group. We are one changing room and we are not split at all.

"Everyone is positive. We all get on well and it is not a split camp. Manu has come in and scored and done fantastic. Ilan has not played much football and he scored the equalising goal. You saw how we all celebrated together. We are a team and it is the team that is going to get us out of trouble."

It is not just the team that are playing their part, with Noble lost for words to describe the travelling support. "The fans were unbelievable, even when we were 1-0 down we still heard them singing. That was fantastic and that is what we are going to need for the rest of the season. They stuck by us and probably a bit of help from them gets us the last equalising goal.

"We have really shown what we can do. The boys are happy, the manager is happy but we have got another home game coming up and we have to win that. We want three points and then to go to Liverpool and give them a tough game. We know that Anfield is a tough place but we got a point there last year and can do it again."