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Mark Noble: It was a perfect evening and we've got to keep it up

Mark Noble celebrates scoring against Bournemouth


Mark Noble has challenged his West Ham United team to use the New Year's Day victory over Bournemouth as a catalyst towards a successful second half of the campaign.

The Hammers swept Bournemouth aside with a performance full of attacking vigour, as Noble's double, added to strikes from Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson, took them to a 4-0 victory.

It gave new manager David Moyes the ideal start to his second spell in charge of the east Londoners, but Noble knows they cannot afford to bask in the feeling of that thumping victory and need to use it as motivation to produce that level of performance on a regular basis.

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"It was a perfect evening. A clean sheet, four goals and a good performance," the skipper said. "We started well and got a bit of luck for the first goal, but sometimes you need that.

"Normally you do get a reaction from players when a new manager comes in, but we've got to keep it up. We've got an FA Cup game coming up, then Sheffield United away which is tough.

"So we'll go back to the drawing board and not get ahead of ourselves. 4-0 is a great way to start at home, but there's a lot of games to go yet."

Noble was delighted with the way the Hammers responded to the pressurised environment of taking on a side in similar form to themselves, and particularly with the way they kept their foot on the throttle.

He continued: "We expect results at this football club and we haven't been getting them, so going 3-0 up at half-time against a Bournemouth team that is in a similar position to us and need to points as well was nice.

"We didn't want to stop there, we kept pushing and finally got the fourth goal, and that was a nice end to the night."

We won't get ahead of ourselves. 4-0 is a great way to start at home, but there's a lot of games to go yet

Mark Noble

Equally important for the skipper was ending a three-month wait for a home win - prior to Wednesday's success the Hammers' last win at London Stadium was the 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Now, the No16 wants a vast improvement on that record in 2020.

"You need to win your home games, full stop," he added. "Especially against the teams around you, that's what gives you the platform to go on in this league and we haven't been doing that.

"Tonight was hopefully a start. We have some tough games going up but hopefully we can have a good January."
 

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