'We got what we deserved!'

Mark Noble was the happiest of Hammers after finally breaking his duck at White Hart Lane in spectacular fashion on Sunday.

The long-serving West Ham United midfielder had never previously tasted victory at Tottenham Hotspur, either as a player, or a supporter.

In April 2002, Noble watched on from the away end as Ian Pearce rifled in a half volley to rescue a point for the Hammers. Three years later and a then 18-year-old Noble made his full Premier League debut at White Hart Lane in a similarly dramatic stalemate, with Anton Ferdinand nodding home a last-gasp leveller. 

Memorable though they were, the Canning Town born midfielder is overjoyed to now have, at long last, a victory at Spurs to celebrate, and an emphatic one at that.

He told whufc.com: "To come here and win convincingly 3-0 - it should have been four, really - is brilliant for us. We've been getting a lot of stick lately for not scoring goals, we know that ourselves.

"We've kept working hard, we should have got a result against Hull, but it's just not been going for us. On Sunday we got what we deserved!

"Some of the football we played was brilliant. The lads are buzzing, the manager's happy and now we can have a good ten days, two weeks with the international break and look forward to Manchester City at home."

While the Hammers were, in the end, to profit from a second-half goal salvo, the visitors might well have led at the interval, had Kevin Nolan succeeded in dispatching a cleverly disguised and well-worked set piece.

"To be honest, Kev and I have done it a few times," he explained. "Not putting any pressure on him, but he has scored every one we took! It's obviously quite a hard skill to scoop it over and keep it on his right foot and it was perfect for him, so as he hit it, I just thought goal.

"He hit it so well, probably a bit too well. It was just another option and we should have scored. He has scored enough goals in the past to make up for it!"

He and skipper Nolan figured prominently in a six-strong midfield, one that provided a robust platform for yet another clean sheet, in addition to the three-well taken goals.

Noble continued: "To be honest, we didn't really play with a striker on Sunday, so you can't be direct without a striker. It's impossible, because players like Jan Vertonghen and Michael  Dawson, they'll bring it down on their chest and play the ball out.

"We played when we could. Obviously we know that Tottenham are going to play a high line, so we tried to play it in behind and we did that a few times in the first half.

"Kev and I sat, and we let those two (Ravel Morrison and Mo Diame] run wild in there. Rav got his goal but worked brilliantly for the team and that's what you need."

As a jubilant Noble departed the pitch on Sunday, he directed his attention toward the Directors' Box, where fellow Hammers fan and actor James Corden stood applauding.  

"He's always in contact with the lads. He text me the other day saying he's back from filming and he's coming to the game. I think he was sat next to Michael McIntyre, who's a big Spurs fan, so I bet he was buzzing with that!"