Noble - We're a little bit special

The captain believes the squad's potential has no limits
Reflecting on a phenomenal week which saw West Ham United score an impressive maximum of nine points from their three league games, captain Mark Noble described his sheer delight.

The midfielder has been nothing short of talismanic recently, leading his side to three hard-fought and thoroughly deserved victories.

Noble beamed: “I’m delighted, as you can imagine!

“We’ve had some unbelievable results recently, Spurs in midweek was fantastic but in terms of team spirit the win at Goodison was absolutely fantastic.”

Now, with just nine league games left to play, the captain is refusing to put a limit on where his Hammers could finish: “We still have thirty points to play for, that’s the way we have to look at it. We know we’re a good team and over the last eight or nine months we’ve proved that we’re a little bit special.

“We’ve picked up nine points from three games in a week which is outstanding. Going away to Everton, we knew it would be difficult, believe me we’ve been here several times and got nothing.”

Noble continued to stress the importance team spirit played in turning a two goal deficit into a fantastic 3-2 victory.   

All seemed lost when Romelu Lukaku stepped up to take a penalty which would have seen Everton take a commanding 3-0 league, however Adrian pulled off a terrific save before three late goals turned the game on its head.

The skipper continued: “It just shows what we have in the dressing room. The team spirit and the desire, the never say die attitude is just amazing.

“Adrian’s penalty save was the turning point really and we never looked back from there.

“I always knew the importance of getting just one goal, and I was saying that to the lads out on the pitch. We knew the first goal would give us the belief and it would also give them a bit of nervousness. And we managed to do that.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United this Sunday, Noble is hoping the Hammers can take their electrifying league form into the cup.

He continued: “The pleasing thing is they have all been hard games, but deserved victories. Big Sam coming back with Sunderland, then obviously the derby and Everton away which has traditionally been a bogey ground for us.”