West Ham United: David Moyes’ work on defence starting to show says Mark Noble

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 December 2017

West Ham United's Mark Noble (left) and Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles battle for the ball as Granit Xhaka looks on (pic John Walton/PA)

West Ham United's Mark Noble (left) and Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles battle for the ball as Granit Xhaka looks on (pic John Walton/PA)

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Hammers recorded successive league clean sheets for just second time this term against Chelsea and Arsenal

West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic celebrates with Pablo Zabaleta, but his goal is ruled out (pic John Walton/PA)West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic celebrates with Pablo Zabaleta, but his goal is ruled out (pic John Walton/PA)

West Ham United skipper Mark Noble believes the work manager David Moyes is doing on tightening up their defence is starting to bear fruit after recording successive Premier League clean sheets for just the second time this term.

After beating Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday, the Hammers played out a goalless draw with Arsenal on Wednesday.

They were the first shutouts of the Moyes era after the Scotsman took over from former boss Slaven Bilic in November.

Despite being a former defender, Bilic’s last months at the club were marred by suggestions that his team lacked organisation at the back.

That was something Moyes identified when taking charge, and Noble says that after a tough first few weeks, West Ham are starting to benefit from it.

“You look at the way we’re set up now, the gaffer came in and thought we needed to stop shipping goals first,” the captain told BT Sport. “We got off to a bad start and our confidence was really low and that was everyone, the crowd and the whole club.

“Even the performance at Manchester City, you go there dreading to play at the Etihad, but the boys did fantastic.

“To have two clean sheets against Chelsea and Arsenal, especially seeing what Chelsea did at Huddersfield Town the other night, is good.”

The results against Chelsea and Arsenal have given West Ham and their fans renewed optimism, despite still sitting in the relegation zone.

Few would have given the Hammers a chance of taking anything from their two London derbies this week, so Noble was more than happy to take four points from a possible six.

“When we came out of the game at Everton after losing 4-0, you look at Manchester City away, then Chelsea and Arsenal at home, you dread it, especially the position we are in,” he added,

“The boys have worked hard, we believed we could get something and the Chelsea game was massive one for us.

“To do it again against Arsenal, but we just couldn’t get that goal, the work the boys have put in up front and the defensive shape of the team was fantastic.

“In the end, we probably deserved a point, but sometimes you need a bit of luck. We defended well and could have snatched it at the end.”


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