Search

West Ham’s Noble: We were a better team than Spurs

13:18 18 August 2014

Barclays Premier League: West Ham United v Tottenham Spurs

Barclays Premier League: West Ham United v Tottenham Spurs

Archant

Dejected Hammers midfielder was impressed with the team performance against Tottenham

Barclays Premier League: West Ham United v Tottenham. Mark Noble on the ball.Barclays Premier League: West Ham United v Tottenham. Mark Noble on the ball.

Despite his missed penalty, West Ham midfielder Mark Noble insisted he really enjoyed Saturday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur and believed the team put in an excellent performance.

Speaking after the 1-0 defeat against their old rivals, a dejected Noble was looking for the positives and didn’t have to search too hard to find them.

“Do you know what? Taking the penalty away from it, I though the way we played and the chances we created was similar to the way we played last season,” he said. “We just didn’t get that lucky break where one falls in the back of the net, then Stewart Downing goes through in the last couple of minutes and Lloris pulls off an unbelievable save.

“Even before that I thought we were the better team, but obviously we have been stung. It is a harsh, harsh lesson to be learned.”

It certainly was. West Ham carved out a host full of chances, with Ricardo Vaz Te twice going close, James Collins heading over, Cheikhou Kouyate glancing wide and Downing causing all sorts of problems.

But as hard as they worked and as many balls as they put into the area, they could not quite get the ball over the line. Compound that with the penalty miss and then seeing their man advantage disappear with a second yellow card for Collins and the Hammers failed to take advantage of their numerical and territorial superiority.

“Listen, at the end of the day we have lost the game and I hate losing as much as anyone,” said the 27-year-old. “But the positives we can take from the game are major.

“We know that if we play like that we are going to win more than we lose, but to lose like that in the last minute is devastating. It was the first game of the season as well and we wanted to get off to a good start, but though we didn’t get the result, we did get the performance.”

Another promising aspect on Saturday was the displays of new boys Aaron Cresswell, who was nominated as man of the match, Kouyate who was superb throughout as well as substitute Enner Valencia, who looked lively and pacy when he came on.

“Aaron and Cheikhou started the game and I thought they were both brilliant,” said Nobles. “With Cheikhou in the midfield as well as Kevin Nolan it gives me a license to get forward a little more and I really enjoyed that aspect of things today.”

Noble went close late on when he stormed into the box only to see his shot well saved by Hugo Lloris and perhaps we will see more of Noble in the opposition box this season.

“I wouldn’t say it is a new role. I still played as a sitting midfielder,” explained the midfield man. “But with Cheikhou in there now, who is quite defensively minded, it gives me a bit of a licence to bomb on and create a little bit for the team and I think it worked well.”

However well it worked, West Ham still lost, but Noble is expecting the team to bounce back.

“It is a harsh lesson learned and I hope the lads don’t get too down and the club and the fans don’t get too down because it was a positive performance and hopefully we can stay at that level.”

We shall see.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham Sports News

The Hammers had to come from behind against Middlesbrough to salvage a point at the London Stadium

Sky Bet League Two: Barnet 0 Leyton Orient 0

Jay Simpson

Andy Edwards will be making at least two changes to the team that started on Tuesday night

Liam Kelly
07:00

Local pupils get active in another fantastic sporting competition for schools in the Borough

Langdon Academy Sport Partnership

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now