Frank scores on comeback

Frank Nouble marked his return to the claret and blue cause with a well-taken goal in the Barclays Premier Reserve League defeat by Manchester City.

The England Under-19 striker was called back early last week from a loan spell at Swansea City and capped his first outing by heading in the Hammers' consolation in a 2-1 home loss at Thurrock FC's Ship Lane.

Nouble, who also recently bagged his first Football League goal in Swansea's 3-2 Championship win at Watford, admitted neither he nor his team-mates had done enough to warrant anything out of Tuesday's match.

"We didn't play too well and individually I wasn't the best. I got the goal, which I was happy with, but we didn't get the result which was disappointing.

"We kept the ball well but we weren't progressing enough on the pitch. Generally, though, we have had a good start to the year so hopefully we can carry it on next time.

"Alex was disappointed because we lost the game. We need to work in training on going forward more because we've got players who can hurt teams. We've just got to move on."

Nouble talked positively about his loan spell at the Liberty Stadium, which was cut short by the Hammers to bolster Avram Grant's attacking options.

The 19-year-old made six league appearances for the on-song Swans, who are managed by his former Chelsea Academy boss Brendan Rodgers, scoring once.

"It was all right. I got a couple of appearances under my belt and got my first league goal as well, which was good. They were winning, too, which was good so obviously being called back early I have to see what happens now.

"I think you have to understand that you have gone to another team and the manager has got his players who he has got to keep happy as well. He stuck me in straight away and I think I paid him back with some good performances.

"I was a bit surprised to be called back, but you've got to be ready to perform at any level. I wouldn't say 'No' if another opportunity came around to go out on loan, but it's up to West Ham."