Skipper hails 'phenomenal' spirit

Mark Noble says West Ham United have the belief they can achieve anything following Saturday's 3-2 win at Everton
Mark Noble hailed the ‘phenomenal’ spirit as West Ham United roared back from two goals down to score a thrilling 3-2 Barclays Premier League win at Everton.

The captain led from the front as the Hammers overcame a seemingly insurmountable deficit at Goodison Park – a ground where West Ham have not won for more than a decade.

Adrian’s penalty save at two goals down with 21 minutes to go was the turning point, with late goals from Michail Antonio, Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet making it 12 points from losing positions for Slaven Bilic’s side this season.

"I did have a sinking feeling at two-nil down but I believe in our players and I believe in our squad," said the skipper, who provided the cross for Antonio’s third goal in three matches. "Everton are a good team and even with ten men you can't take them lightly but it shows again the firepower we've got to come on."

"We said at half-time, just keep putting crosses in for the boys and Big Andy and Sakho came on and were unbelievable."

"Michail has gone and got another one and it shows the team spirit we've got in there. The team spirit at this Club is phenomenal at the minute."

Noble then watched as Payet set up Sakho to equalise with his first goal since October before taking centre-stage again by prodding the Senegal striker’s cross past Joel in the Everton goal with just seconds of normal time remaining.

Victory made it nine points out of nine for the week following home wins over Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur, and lifted West Ham back into the top five, just a point behind fourth-place Manchester City.

"We've had a tough game last Saturday against Sunderland with Big Sam coming back and our biggest derby in the week against Spurs,” the skipper continued.

"We managed to dig those out and then came up to Everton, where I've had some tough days as a West Ham player down the years!"

In closing, Noble paid tribute to Adrian, who repeated his spot-kick heroics against the Toffees by making a vital stop from Lukaku that set the platform for West Ham’s amazing revival.

Thirteen months on from scoring the winning penalty in an FA Cup shootout victory over Everton, the Spaniard guessed correctly to deny the Belgium forward and keep his side in the game.

"We made it hard for ourselves,” the No16 smiled. “Romelu is a top player and was good for them and Aaron does what he does best and got a goal but Adrian's save at two-nil was massive for us and that's why we love him so much!"