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Noble puts faith in set-piece success

26th February 2019, 10:56 by Jack Ogalbe

West Ham captain Mark Noble says his side need to make the most of set-pieces when they travel to Manchester City.

The Hammers visit the Etihad Stadium looking to kick on from Friday's 3-1 victory over Fulham, a game that produced the team's third and fourth goals in three games from dead balls.

City head into Wednesday's match fresh from completing the first leg of a possible quadruple thanks to Sunday's Carabao Cup final win, but they have shown themselves to be susceptible at times to balls into the box.

Noble and his team-mates are likely to be limited in the amount of possession they have at the Etihad so the captain says his side will again focus on perfecting their set-plays in the hope of getting something out of the Citizens.

He told the club's website: "Not so much for this game in particular, but we do [work on set-plays] for every game because we know Snoddy (Robert Snodgrass) has got a fantastic delivery and, in all honesty, we haven't scored as many [set-piece goals] as we should because we haven't attacked the ball well enough.

"On Friday [at home to Fulham], Issa (Diop) has got his first Premier League goal. I thought he attacked the ball great and Mikey (Antonio) could have scored just after that.

"It looked like the set-plays were causing them a lot of problems. We had five or six corners in the first half alone and we got two great goals."

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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