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Noble issues war cry

Filed: Monday, 16th April 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham captain Mark Noble has called upon his team mates to produce the same level of "intensity" that has resulted in the team securing four points from their last two Premier League outings.

West Ham's fears of relegation have subsided considerably in the last week as a result of a win against Southampton and a draw at Chelsea last weekend, combined with results elsewhere.

Yet despite those result perhaps offering David Moyes' squad a little respite from the constant threat of relegation, Noble has challenged the squad to maintain their perfomance levels against Stoke tonight in order to take them even closer to safety.

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"A win tonight will take us onto 37 points and, although we will not be mathematically safe, we would go into our final five matches believing we can get to the magical 40-mark," Noble writes in tonight's match day programme.

"What we need is more of the same from the last two games. We need to play with the same intensity tonight that we have been playing with in the last two matches.

"We go into Monday’s game with confidence high, but with the knowledge that we cannot afford to let our levels of concentration or performance drop against a Stoke team who are fighting for their lives.

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"Our win at Stoke before Christmas was also a pressure game and we played well. We need to match their desire and work-rate, play the better football and use our home advantage to come out on top."

West Ham go into the game having lost just one of their last seven encounters against Paul Lambert's City side, although four of the last five meetings at the Boleyn Ground/Olympic Stadium have ended in a draw.

Indeed, the Hammers haven't beaten Stoke at home since March 2011 when goals from Demba Ba, Manuel Da Costa and Thomas Hitzlsperger secured a (rare) 3-0 win on Avram Grant's brief watch.

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