Noble knows

No one need tell Mark Noble what it meant to Hammers fans to stifle Spurs at the weekend and move West Ham United out of the bottom three in the process.

The homegrown Hammer is loving life in a midfield three boasting international-class performers in Scott Parker and Thomas Hitzlsperger. He has not looked out of place in such exalted company over the last four unbeaten Barclays Premier League games and nearly stole the headlines with his spectacular second-half bicycle kick.

"Obviously when you play with good players, it makes your life easier you know," he said in reflecting on the goalless draw at White Hart Lane. "Thomas coming back has helped me and Scotty has been brilliant in the last month or so since he has been back.

"I am just enjoying playing in there at the minute. When you come to a place like Tottenham and hold your own, you can walk away quite proud."

In the end, a precious point in the fight for survival was as good as it got on Saturday but the tireless Noble was not complaining.

"We beat Liverpool the other week, then Stoke at home in the league and now a point away to Spurs," he added. "This is a team who have cemented themselves now as one of the best teams in the country and in Europe at the minute, so we are happy.

"Obviously Spurs had their chances, but so did we, I think at the end of the day, a 0-0 draw was the right result and not a bad one for us, not the worst. We defended in numbers - when you come to a place like this, you have to do that otherwise you would be murdered - they have shown what they can do to teams."

When Spurs did get through they still found Robert Green in imperious form. Noble paid tribute to the outstanding No1.

"Greeny is fantastic, we all know that already. We also got that little bit of luck as well. That wasn't happening at the beginning of the season for us. Now as well we have brought in some top quality players.

"We have Thomas back, you know, Bridgey has come in, Demba and we have Robbie Keane to come back in again as well, so obviously we are looking up. Bridgey is a full international, knows how to handle himself and, in the last month or so, he has been fantastic for us."