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Intensity the key for Noble

2nd December 2019, 12:29 by Jack Ogalbe

Mark Noble has demanded his West Ham side replicate the "hunger" they showed in Saturday's 1-0 win over Chelsea.

Noble led his team out at Stamford Bridge aiming to end a run of eight games without a win but history was against them, having not won at the ground since 2002.

However, Manuel Pellegrini’s men came away with a surprise result, Aaron Cresswell scoring the only goal of the match in the 48th minute.

The Hammers were previously criticised for lacking determination in their play, often struggling to match their opposition in each facet of the game.

They have also been plagued by goalkeeping errors and after a number of mishaps involving Roberto, Pellegrini decided to give David Martin the nod in Lukasz Fabinaski’s absence.

With Martin between the sticks, there seemed a renewed optimism within the side and that was reflected in their performance.

Next up is Wednesday’s trip to Wolves and West Ham have a point to prove having lost 3-0 at Molineux last season.

Wolves are unbeaten in nine Premier League games and the Hammers can take inspiration from their improvement, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side themselves overcoming an early season slump.

Noble says his side have set themselves a benchmark with the win over Chelsea, adding that they will have a chance to repeat their result at Molineux if they play with the same commitment.

“If we play like that and that intensity and that hunger in the way we run and press and tackle and head, then we’ve got a chance,” he told the club website.

“If we don’t, then we’re just going to go back to what we have been doing. You can’t say it enough times that in this league, if you are not on it a hundred per cent you get punished, but today with a little bit of luck, some really good play and some hard work, we got three points.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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