Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v C Palace

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 3 - 1 West Ham

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Noble defends under-fire Nolan

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has defended under-fire captain Kevin Nolan.

Last Updated: 04/12/13 at 15:35 Post Comment   

Mark Noble, right, has defended the recent form of captain Kevin Nolan

Mark Noble, right, has defended the recent form of captain Kevin Nolan

Nolan, who scored 10 goals last term, has not found the net since the opening day of the season and has substituted to the sound of ironic cheers from Hammers fans in their last three matches.

The 31-year-old lasted just 58 minutes of Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, but Noble insists his midfielder partner still has an important role to play at Upton Park.

"Of course he has, he is our captain," stated Noble. "Kev is brilliant in the dressing room and he has been unbelievable for us. He is big enough and strong enough to handle all that sort of stuff, so I am sure he will be fine.

"He is the gaffer's man and he looks after the dressing room and all of the problems in there. You need someone like that.

"I do not think the gaffer has taken him off because of the way he was playing, he just wanted to change things."

West Ham have won just one of their last seven matches and could find themselves in the bottom three following Saturday's trip to Liverpool, where they haven't won since 1963.

Sam Allardyce's side will travel to Anfield without Ravel Morrison after he picked up fifth booking of the season against Palace, meaning he will serve a one-match ban.

However, Noble insisted: "He has not been any trouble all season.

"He has lost the game and he is frustrated, we all are. Emotions are high and if you take that away from him, you take a lot of his ability away.

"He got booked which means he misses the Liverpool game so that is going to be a miss. He is a young lad and he is still learning.

"I am sure he is going to get kicked a lot because of his ability. He has got to learn to deal with that if he wants to do the tricks and skills that he does."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester City come from behind to draw 2-2 with Sunderland

Manchester City were forced to come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium.

Premier League: Crystal Palace shock Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park

Crystal Palace shocked high-flying Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park to reach the magic 40 points Premier League safety mark.

Probert to referee FA Cup final

Lee Probert will referee the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull next month, the Football Association has announced.

Mail Box

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

Will Liverpool Cope With Parked Buses?

That's the real problem they're going to face next year, says one Man United fan who's already looking forward to the end of this campaign. Plus, thoughts on neutrality...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property