Noble hails Hammers' resolve

Skipper Mark Noble was thrilled to end the week on a positive note after his third Barclays Premier League goal of the season completed a storming West Ham United comeback at Carrow Road on Saturday.  

The Hammers were staring down the barrel of a second successive league defeat on their travels when Wes Hoolahan pounced on a ricochet in the box, after Robbie Brady had broken the deadlock with a fine effort via the underside of the bar.    

But even after the exertions of 120 minutes against Liverpool on Tuesday, Noble and co found the strength to claw their way back.    

Dimitri Payet swept home on the angle after Victor Moses had been denied, and the Frenchman then turned provider for Noble himself, who rifled emphatically into the corner from 18 yards to square the contest. 

West Ham’s No16 hailed the Hammers’ resolve to drag themselves back from the brink and confessed to being disappointed that they hadn’t left with all three points in the end. 

He told West Ham TV: “Especially after the midweek game, the lads put in everything to get the point, which was so important for us after being 2-0 down. 

“Sometimes you've got to hold your hands up and we made a mistake, obviously with Michail, but you can't blame him for that. He's been fantastic for us and Robbie scores a great goal. But the fight, the character and the spirit we had coming back was great.
“We probably should have won it in the end. We were gutted in there that we hadn't won. We scored two really good goals and what a great comeback for the Club, especially after the winning in the 120th minute against Liverpool. To come back from that just finishes the week off on a good note.” 

As for his all-important goal, Noble revealed that he may well have resisted the temptation to surge forward, after taking a knock to the knee, but wisely thought otherwise when Payet received possession.

“To be honest, I'd just got a kick on the halfway line and the back of my knee was sore. 

“The ball obviously went forward and I saw Dimi had a bit of space and time, and I thought get on your bike, because he'll find you. I just kept going, Dimi found me and it just nestled nicely in the top corner.”