Nobes thrilled with landmark win

Mark Noble marked his 200th Barclays Premier League appearance in the best possible manner at Burnley on Saturday - with three points.

Noble returned from a calf injury to captain the Londoners at Turf Moor, and he played the 90 minutes as West Ham earned a second straight victory.

Goals from Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia in the first ten minutes of the second half put the Hammers in command, and although George Boyd's close range finish got Burnley back in the contest, Carlton Cole sealed the success and Noble felt his team were worthy winners.

He said: "I didn't even know it was my 200th Premier League appearance to be honest! But it's nice to reach it - it's a good marker when they're 38-game seasons.

"It's nice to get to 200 with a win too. It was important that we weathered their storm and stayed at 0-0 [at that stage], then come out for the second half and show our quality.

"We did that and deservedly got the win."

All three West Ham goals came from headers and Noble said it was the inevitable result of two elements coming together in perfect harmony - the delivery and finish.

He continued: "The pace on the balls was incredible. To get that much power with the accuracy was fantastic, and we didn't have those goals last season. We had it when Andy Carroll was fit and he's coming back, so with those boys up front and Andy coming back things are looking up.

"I'm buzzing for Coley too. He's come on and scored, and had one cleared off the line as well. When you can bring someone like that on it means we're looking a good side at the minute"

The victory pushes the Hammers up into the top four - for 24 hours at least - and Noble says the future looks bright with West Ham in this kind of form.

He added: "It sounds good, obviously but there are a lot of games to go! To have 13 points from eight games is good but we need to keep working hard.

"We've got good players coming back into the squad too. We've got Manchester City next week and that's going to be a good test for us.

"We're buzzing - we go into every game thinking we can score goals."

For Noble personally, he was pleased to be back on the pitch and he explained he will feel better for the run out.

He said: "The first 20 minutes was a bit of a lung burner, but I edged my way into the game today and got stronger and stronger as the game went on.

"As you could probably tell I was really enjoying it at the end!"