Chadwell Chatter

Lifelong West Ham United fan Mark Noble looks forward to Sunday's trip to north London

Mark Noble rounds Hugo Lloris during the reverse fixture at the Boleyn Ground in August
Hello everyone,

We are off to White Hart Lane on Sunday and you don't need me to tell you how important Tottenham away is to everyone associated with West Ham United.

We won there twice last season and we'd love to make it three in a row, but it will not be easy by any stretch.

I think they are a different team now. Mauricio Pochettino has got them playing very well and obviously they've got the likes of Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane is flying now.

They've got a good team and a good squad and it's going to be tough, so we need to go there and play our best game, or else we'll get turned over.

I'm sure the fans will be buzzing for the game on Sunday and it's live on TV, so I'm looking forward to it, as are all the lads.

After going to Spurs, we have Crystal Palace and Chelsea at home in the space of five days, then we go into the closing straight of the last ten games.

A lot of our final set of fixtures are against teams in the bottom half, but those can be the hardest matches.

We've been in that position ourselves and we've done it to other teams when we're scrapping for our lives and they are safe and they have less to play for.

We need to go into those games fully equipped to have a battle or else we'll get turned over, so I'm sure we'll be ready for them.

We can't let the season tail-off - we need to finish as strong as we can.
We can't let the season tail-off - we need to finish as strong as we can
Expectations are as high as I can remember at this Club but that's a help rather than a hindrance because we want to be as high as we can. You can't get used to fighting relegation.

Any team in the bottom ten is in the relegation scrap and has been over the last few seasons. If you lose a couple of games and the teams below you win a couple, you are suddenly two points away from safety.

Every team is getting stronger and that's the way seasons are going now, so you have to be as strong as possible to cope in this league.

I was delighted to see Tonks sign a new long-term contract recently and it's great to see the home-grown players representing this Club.

We have seen a few of the Academy boys in the squad, but it's getting a lot harder to break into the first team - and that's the same for young players at every Premier League club.

The mental side of playing in the Premier League now and the pressure on clubs financially to stay in it makes it more difficult for them to bring youngsters in, especially if they are fighting against relegation.

It's tough but I'd say to those boys to keep working hard, don't get bored of training well and not playing because you will get your chance, whether it is here or somewhere else. They need to be ready when that chance comes.

Back to this weekend and I hope all of you travelling to north London have a safe and enjoyable trip, and the rest of you enjoy watching the game with your family and your mates.

Come on you Irons!