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Noble: Chicharito is a goal machine

 


West Ham United skipper Mark Noble praised the impact of 'goal machine' Chicharito after the striker came off the bench to equalise in the Hammers' 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.

Having been introduced in the 70thminute, it took just three more for the Mexican to have his say on the game, side-footing home Marko Arnautovic's pull-back to send the east Londoners in the lower Shed End wild at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had taken a first half lead through Cesar Azpilicueta but David Moyes' men stuck with the game and battled hard to earn themselves an important Premier League point.

And captain Noble explained that at just one goal down and with Javier Hernandez on the bench, there was always a possibility of levelling the scoreline.

"Chicharito is a goal machine -“ he gets one chance and scores," said the midfielder. "He's probably not played as many minutes as he would have liked but probably down to the way the season has gone.

"But when you can bring him on, as soon as it fell to him I'm standing right behind him and there were about ten bodies in front, but you know he will find that spot and that's why he's the player he is.

"The second half display had everything. We defended well and I thought we kept the ball a lot better, but Chelsea are a top team and they have some really clever players, particularly the front three.

"But we kept our shape and kept playing the way we know we can do, we defended well and we came away with a point. We're over the moon."

Chicharito is a goal machine- he gets one chance and scores. As soon as it fell to him I'm standing right behind him and there were about ten bodies in front, but you know he will find that spot

Mark Noble

 

Noble: Chicharito is a goal machine

 

Antonio Conte's Blues were on top during a first half in which they could have scored on many occasions, though opportunities were spurned and in the second period, the visitors had goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank more than once as he put in a fine display.

Noble commended the attitude of the stopper, who has come in for criticism at times this campaign.

"Do you know what, for someone like Joe, he's been England's No1, he gets so much stick," he said. "Goalkeepers are brave and you make decisions that cost goals. 

"I think without Joe today, we don't win the game - simple as that. Sorry, draw the game! It feels like a win!

"After the result last week, to come away to win 3-0 and get a point here, obviously it was really hard. Hazard today at times was unplayable. The level of skill and his knowledge of the game is frightening. 

"The boys had to be on it 100 per cent and I thought they were. We didn't have a load of the play but second half we definitely played better and in the end I thought we deserved our goal.

"We have a big game next week against Stoke but it is looking better for us. Stoke at home – the way the crowd were in the last game, I’m pretty sure they'll be behind us. With the results this weekend, a point against Chelsea is a massive result."