Noble delight at SBOBET award

Mark Noble has been voted the SBOBET player of the month for October 2010.

The midfielder was terrific last month, notably keeping his nerve to score from the penalty spot in the 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers and then inspiring a fightback at home to Stoke City in the Carling Cup. Noble made the two extra-time goals that took the Hammers through to the quarter-final with Manchester United.

Noble earned 41 per cent of the fan vote, with Scott Parker his closest rival on 29 per cent. He follows Kieron Dyer and Manuel da Costa, who took the awards for August and September respectively. The award was a great boost to the 23-year-old, who was back at Chadwell Heath this week to start light fitness work after having his appendix removed a week ago.

"Obviously I want to thank the fans for voting for me," Noble told "It means a lot and whenever it is something like this from the fans, it is great to have - but we are all working hard as a team together.

"The backing of the fans is important and they have been fantastic for us in every game this season. We want them to know we are all doing our best to turn results around so we can move up the table."

Noble will have a watching brief for the next two home games but is aiming to be back in action sooner rather than later. "Although I won't be able to play a part against West Brom and Blackpool this week, I will be like everyone else in supporting the lads.

"If we can play like we have been doing lately, there is no reason why we can't pick up points in these games.

"I am feeling fine after the operation. I have been resting up but I am now looking forward to getting back playing and I will be ready to do my bit for the team as soon as I can."