Noble admits relief after ending nine-month goal drought

Date published: Sunday 10th February 2019 2:08

West Ham captain Mark Noble was relieved to end his goal drought and escape with a point from Crystal Palace.

Noble netted from the penalty spot to give his side a first-half lead after Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita brought down Michail Antonio.

But Wilfried Zaha equalised for the hosts with 14 minutes left and West Ham were clinging on for a 1-1 draw by the end.

Noble’s 21st successful Premier League spot-kick was his first goal since May last year, and his first penalty since scoring at home against Palace a year ago.

He told the club’s official website: “It’s been on my mind a little bit, to be honest, because I think I’ve scored in virtually every other Premier League season I’ve played in, so I didn’t have many games left to go.

“It’s a little bit of a relief for me, to be honest.

“We were probably the better team in the first half and had two or three really good chances, and they were definitely the better team in the second half.

“They missed a lot of good chances and we missed a couple of one-on-ones early in the first half so, all in all, I think it was a fair result.

“We got a great point against Liverpool and another good point here, which is a tough place to come.

“If we can win our next home game against Fulham it will be a really good set of points for us.”


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