First Team Squad

Player profile and performance records.

Mark Noble (Midfielder)

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Mark Noble

Canning Town, England
Squad Number: 16
Position: Midfielder
Born: 8th May 1987 (Canning Town, England)
Signed: 1st Jul 2003 (£0)
Contract: 6 years (signed February 2015)
Previous Club: Academy

KUMB Awards: Player of the Year 2013/14, (runner-up) 2011/12, (third place) 2015/16; Young Player of the Year 2004/05, 2006/07, 2007/08, (third place) 2005/06; Most Improved Player (runner up) 2006/07, (third place) 2015/16; Goal of the Season 2006/07, 2017/18 (runner-up).

Local boy Noble made his first-team breakthrough during West Ham's promotion year of 2004/05, when he came in late on in the season to help the Hammers return to the Premiership.

His chances in the top flight during the 05/06 campaign were limited however, and he was loaned out to Championship club Hull during the latter part of the season.

Having established himself as a first team regular the following season, Noble struck up an unlikely - yet ultimately fruitful - partnership with Carlos Tevez during the Argentinian's year-long stay at the Boleyn Ground in 2006/07.

Now a regular fixture in the first team, Noble has become renowned as one of England's deadliest penalty takers - rarely missing from 12 yards.

 

Manchester United

2-0: Sunday, 22nd September

Captain Fantastic. Multiple times he went and took over the play on the right when Yarmolenko and Fredericks were stuttering. His involvement made the first goal happen, won the freekick for the second. Does the ugly stuff too, whether it be getting into tackles or screaming at the players around him.

Aston Villa

0-0: Monday, 16th September

Some sloppy moments in the final third, but worked his socks off and disrupted Grealish.

Norwich City

2-0: Saturday, 31st August

Set a tone in the middle. Wasn’t as good with his forward passing, but got in and about Norwich when they started well and bullied them, especially Cantwell. Probably turned the game.

Watford

3-1: Saturday, 24th August

The game was filled with chaos, but Noble cut through it. Whilst the midfield was sometimes lost in a wild game, his abilities as a captain and leader often offset any deficiencies in his individual game. The four forward men will not have gone quietly back to their spots after Watford scored, Noble will ensure a discipline and level of standards. His forward passing was very good in the second half and stroked in his penalty in customary fashion.

Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 27th July

Match notes to follow.

Newcastle United

0-1: Saturday, 20th July

(Replaced Cullen) Got stuck in and looked a far better option than the man he replaced.

Manchester City

1-4: Wednesday, 17th July

It seems his legs still haven't gone - and he's looking like a leader in every game.

Watford

4-1: Sunday, 12th May

Two goals, some wonderful passing and well worth crediting with the late-season revival of this side. 97% pass success from 68 passes. Magnificent.

Southampton

3-0: Saturday, 4th May

Did not play.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Saturday, 27th April

Did not play.

Leicester City

2-2: Saturday, 20th April

Very good assist and the balance in midfield suits him.

Manchester United

1-2: Saturday, 13th April

Did not play.

Chelsea

0-2: Monday, 8th April

Passed forward when no one else seemed able to. The only one who ever seemed to tackle Kante too. One of many who had no chance stopping the wizardry Hazard produced.

Everton

0-2: Saturday, 30th March

Did not play.

Huddersfield Town

4-3: Saturday, 16th March

Passed comfortably throughout, a couple of gorgeous long balls forward, but replaced to give the side more attacking edge.

Cardiff City

0-2: Saturday, 9th March

Weird substitution, as he was one of the few passing forward who was finding players and not looking worried by Cardiff’s hassling in midfield.

Cardiff City

0-2: Saturday, 9th March

It wasn’t the best performance for his 400th league appearance. He made a couple of good turns and passes but nothing special. Can’t help but think he should have done more to get his team up for the game.

Newcastle Utd

2-0: Saturday, 2nd March

Took his penalty brilliantly, but otherwise he was doing very well to support both Rice and also the right side of the attack.

Manchester City

0-1: Wednesday, 27th February

Did not play.

Fulham

3-1: Friday, 22nd February

Struggled with Seri to begin with, but helped West Ham dominate the ball and used it well. Is getting through more work up and down the pitch now, rather than side to side, which can see him chasing laboriously after players.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Saturday, 9th February

Calm in the middle and a strong spot kick to put West Ham in the lead.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Saturday, 9th February

Calm in the middle, good penalty, should have seen Milivojevic sent off after drawing that foul. 90% pass completion from 48 passes and in a hectic game.

Liverpool

1-1: Monday, 4th February

A good game, he does perform well when the midfield is forced deep and a scrap is on. Passed forward well, marshalled the midfield and played one exquisite first time volley cross the pitch.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-3: Tuesday, 29th January

Didn’t influence the game, although the manager’s selection made it hard in midfield.

AFC Wimbledon

2-4: Saturday, 26th January

The central midfield two couldn’t handle Wimbledon’s midfield. Allowed himself to sit too deep without actually protecting the defence.

Bournemouth

0-2: Saturday, 19th January

Arsenal

1-0: Saturday, 12th January

Brighton & Hove Albion

2-2: Wednesday, 2nd January

Burnley

0-2: Sunday, 30th December

Southampton

2-1: Thursday, 27th December

Watford

0-2: Saturday, 22nd December

Fulham

2-0: Saturday, 15th December

Crystal Palace

3-2: Saturday, 8th December

The captain has come back into the side very comfortably and appears to know his role much better now than early Pellegrini days and is benefiting from the license to express himself.

Cardiff City

3-1: Tuesday, 4th December

Newcastle United

3-0: Saturday, 1st December

Has been neater, but passed well at both ends and was comfortable.

Manchester City

0-4: Saturday, 24th November

Did not play.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-3: Wednesday, 31st October

Leicester City

1-1: Saturday, 27th October

Was his usual busy self, before he got a little too busy. The challenge was late, reckless and almost certainly unintentional; the kind where an aging player's legs don't necessarily keep up with the brain. The net result is a three-match ban, at a most unwelcome time.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Saturday, 20th October

Brighton & Hove Albion

0-1: Friday, 5th October

Manchester United

3-1: Saturday, 29th September

Worked tirelessly to preserve West Ham's lead then killed the game off with a slide-rule pass for Arnautovic's goal. The Captain's best performance of the season so far.

Macclesfield Town

8-0: Wednesday, 26th September

Did not play.

Chelsea

0-0: Sunday, 23rd September

Much better performance from the club captain, who gave no quarter in the vital midfield battle.

Everton

3-1: Sunday, 16th September

Did not play.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-1: Saturday, 1st September

Did not play.

AFC Wimbledon

3-1: Tuesday, 28th August

Chased shadows for much of the first half as West Ham simply failed to get to grips with 'Pool's midfield. Improved slightly after the break as Pellegrini adjusted his formation.

Bournemouth

1-2: Saturday, 18th August

Once again overrun too easily, too often; the captain is one of many yet to adapt to Pellegrini's style.

Liverpool

0-4: Sunday, 12th August

Chased shadows for much of the first half as West Ham simply failed to get to grips with 'Pool's midfield. Improved slightly after the break as Pellegrini adjusted his formation.

Everton

3-1: Sunday, 13th May

Comments to follow.

Manchester United

0-0: Thursday, 10th May

Comments to follow.

Leicester City

2-0: Saturday, 5th May

Comments to follow.

Manchester City

1-4: Sunday, 29th April

Comments to follow.

Arsenal

1-4: Sunday, 22nd April

Comments to follow.

Stoke City

1-1: Monday, 16th April

Comments to follow.

Chelsea

1-1: Sunday, 8th April

Comments to follow.

Southampton

3-0: Saturday, 31st March

Significantly lacked pace going forward and wasn't too convincing in defence either.

Burnley

0-3: Saturday, 10th March

Significantly lacked pace going forward and wasn't too convincing in defence either.

Swansea City

1-4: Saturday, 3rd March

Significantly lacked pace going forward and wasn't too convincing in defence either.

Liverpool

1-4: Saturday, 24th February

Significantly lacked pace going forward and wasn't too convincing in defence either.

Watford

2-0: Saturday, 10th February

Significantly lacked pace going forward and wasn't too convincing in defence either.

Brighton & Hove Albion

1-3: Saturday, 3rd February

Very poor and tremendously slow on the ball.

Brighton & Hove Albion

1-3: Saturday, 3rd February

Very poor and tremendously slow on the ball.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Tuesday, 30th January

Comments to follow.

Bournemouth

1-1: Saturday, 20th January

Calm and collected on the ball. Aggressive and responsable with his tackling.

Shrewsbury Town

1-0: Tuesday, 16th January

Wore his heart on his sleeve and kept the team focused throughout the ninety minutes. A bit clumsy with his tackling and too agitated when on the ball.

Huddersfield Town

4-1: Saturday, 13th January

It's probably no coincidence that West Ham's recent positive run has coincided with Noble's reintroduction to the first team. Took his goal well, too.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-1: Thursday, 4th January

Wore his heart on his sleeve and kept the team focused throughout the ninety minutes. A bit clumsy with his tackling and too agitated when on the ball.

West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 2nd January

(Replaced Obiang) Commanded the midfield in an assertive fashion and had very good close conrrol.

Stoke City

3-0: Saturday, 16th December

Comments to follow.

Arsenal

0-0: Wednesday, 13th December

Comments to follow.

Chelsea

1-0: Saturday, 9th December

Comments to follow.

Everton

0-4: Wednesday, 29th November

Did not play.

Leicester City

1-1: Friday, 24th November

Injured during warm-up.

Watford

0-2: Sunday, 19th November

Comments to follow.

Liverpool

1-4: Saturday, 4th November

Started off well providing a link between attack and defence, but made so many mistakes and got frustrated with himself and his team mates as he let the crowd get under his skin.

Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 28th October

Comments to follow.

Tottenham Hotspur

3-2: Wednesday, 25th October

Comments to follow.

Brighton & Hove Albion

0-3: Friday, 20th October

Did not play.

Burnley

1-1: Saturday, 14th October

Did not play.

Bolton Wanderers

3-0: Tuesday, 19th September

Comments to follow.

Newcastle United

0-3: Saturday, 26th August

Comments to follow.

Cheltenham Town

2-0: Wednesday, 23rd August

A reliable figure in midfield, always making accurate passes and successfully dribbling his way out of tight spots. Must correct the errors that still creep into his game.

Southampton

2-3: Saturday, 19th August

Was a leading voice for the lads when he was on and helped the team keep their shape. Very comfortable on the ball and picking out some good passes, a shame seeing him substituted so early in the second half.

Manchester United

0-4: Sunday, 13th August

Was a leading voice for the lads when he was on and helped the team keep their shape. Very comfortable on the ball and picking out some good passes, a shame seeing him substituted so early in the second half.

Werder Bremen

0-1: Friday, 28th July

Replaced by Pedro Obiang after sustaining a toe injury.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Friday, 5th May

This mattered to him – and it showed.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Friday, 5th May

Eyebrows were raised when Bilic threw 'Nobes' back in the side after a couple of consistent performances by Nordtveit, yet he proved the doubters wrong with immense work rate and perfect balance between attack and defence. The leader that West Ham needed to push the victory over the line.

Stoke City

0-0: Saturday, 29th April

(Replaced Ayew ) Comments to follow.

Everton

0-0: Saturday, 22nd April

Did not play.

Sunderland

2-2: Saturday, 15th April

Did not play.

Swansea

1-0: Saturday, 8th April

Decent turn out for the skipper. The harsh booking will give him an extra week off thanks to it being his tenth of the season.

Arsenal

0-3: Wednesday, 5th April

Did not play.

Hull City

1-2: Saturday, 1st April

Did not play.

AFC Bournemouth

2-3: Saturday, 11th March

Anonymous, spent much of the night chasing shadows.

Chelsea

1-2: Monday, 6th March

Anonymous, spent much of the night chasing shadows.

Watford

1-1: Saturday, 25th February

Anonymous, spent much of the night chasing shadows.

West Bromwich Albion

2-2: Saturday, 11th February

Has often been responsible for halting the momentum of an attack by checking and turning away from an early ball. However, this was much better as he kept looking forward.

Southampton

3-1: Saturday, 4th February

Anonymous, spent much of the night chasing shadows.

Manchester City

0-4: Wednesday, 1st February

Anonymous, spent much of the night chasing shadows.

Middlesbrough

3-1: Saturday, 21st January

Again, not quite at his best. Came off late on after an accidental collision.

Crystal Palace

3-0: Saturday, 14th January

Distinctly mediocre first half as pass after pass went astray. Improved in the second half.

Manchester City

0-5: Friday, 6th January

Stuttered a bit. A few good minutes here a dodgy moment there. Judged that header on to the post to perfection. Didn’t he?

Manchester United

0-2: Monday, 2nd January

Stuttered a bit. A few good minutes here a dodgy moment there. Judged that header on to the post to perfection. Didn’t he?

Leicester City

0-1: Saturday, 31st December

Stuttered a bit. A few good minutes here a dodgy moment there. Judged that header on to the post to perfection. Didn’t he?

Swansea City

4-1: Monday, 26th December

Stuttered a bit. A few good minutes here a dodgy moment there. Judged that header on to the post to perfection. Didn’t he?

Hull City

1-0: Saturday, 17th December

Stuttered a bit. A few good minutes here a dodgy moment there. Judged that header on to the post to perfection. Didn’t he?

Burnley

1-0: Wednesday, 14th December

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Liverpool

2-2: Sunday, 11th December

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Arsenal

1-5: Saturday, 3rd December

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Manchester United

1-4: Wednesday, 30th November

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Manchester United

1-1: Sunday, 27th November

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-3: Saturday, 19th November

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Stoke City

1-1: Saturday, 5th November

The overcrowding of the midfield and a lack of movement in front of him saw him turning round and going backwards – it got to happen so often that he started doing in even when there was a forward pass on.

Everton

0-2: Sunday, 30th October

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Chelsea

2-1: Wednesday, 26th October

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Sunderland

1-0: Saturday, 22nd October

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Crystal Palace

1-0: Saturday, 15th October

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Middlesbrough

1-1: Saturday, 1st October

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Southampton

0-3: Sunday, 25th September

He’s probably feeling this as much as we are. Clearly things are getting into his head as evidenced by the lacklustre tackle that ultimately led to the killer second.

Accrington Stanley

1-0: Wednesday, 21st September

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

West Bromwich Albion

2-4: Saturday, 17th September

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Watford

2-4: Saturday, 10th September

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Manchester City

1-3: Sunday, 28th August

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

AFC Bournemouth

1-0: Sunday, 21st August

One of the captain's quieter afternoons.

Astra Giurgiu

1-1: Thursday, 18th August

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Chelsea

1-2: Monday, 15th August

Probably not ther performance Noble was hoping to offer in front of watching England manager SAm Allardyce.

Juventus

2-3: Sunday, 7th August

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

NK Domzale

3-0: Thursday, 4th August

A typical Noble performance. Popped up here there and everywhere and the ball to Feghouli for the third was superb. Remind me again where he was this summer. And how England got on without him.

NK Domzale

3-0: Thursday, 4th August

Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.

Stoke City

1-2: Sunday, 15th May

Struggled to exert any influence on the midfield today.

Manchester United

3-2: Tuesday, 10th May

MOTM – it was like he was taking the whole move thing personally. Rumours that the England squad announcement has been delayed while Hodgson tries to come up with a plausible excuse for leaving him at home this summer are probably quite true. Something to ponder as you watch Danny Drinkwater in an England shirt….

Swansea City

1-4: Saturday, 7th May

The captain struggled to exert any influence on the midfield today.

West Bromwich Albion

1-1: Saturday, 30th April

Struggled to exert any influence on the midfield today.

Watford

3-1: Wednesday, 20th April

Struggled to exert any influence on the midfield today.

Leicester City

2-2: Sunday, 17th April

Has been given a pivotal role in midfield and much went through him.

Manchester United

1-2: Wednesday, 13th April

My MOTM. He ran the midfield and some of his passing was a joy to behold.

Arsenal

3-3: Saturday, 9th April

Another rash tackle left him on a yellow for most of the match but he stuck to the task well.

Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 2nd April

The early and unjustified yellow affected his game as he pulled out of winnable challenges lest Clattenburg dismiss him.

Chelsea

2-2: Saturday, 19th March

Operated further forward than usual but was a bit profligate with the ball on occasion.

Manchester United

1-1: Sunday, 13th March

My MOTM. He ran the midfield and some of his passing was a joy to behold.

Everton

3-2: Saturday, 5th March

A good influential game from the skipper. Constantly probing and looking for something different. Not always successful but at least he was trying.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Wednesday, 2nd March

A fifth yellow card of the season means he'll miss next week's clash with Albion. Which is probably a good thing right now.

Sunderland

1-0: Saturday, 27th February

The passing game was not up to scratch today. Got a lot of break-up challenges in but was culpable to one extent or another for both goals.

Blackburn Rovers

5-1: Sunday, 21st February

The passing game was not up to scratch today. Got a lot of break-up challenges in but was culpable to one extent or another for both goals.

Norwich City

2-2: Saturday, 13th February

The passing game was not up to scratch today. Got a lot of break-up challenges in but was culpable to one extent or another for both goals.

Southampton

0-1: Saturday, 6th February

Controlled the middle of the park but only becasue Southampton allowed us to.

Aston Villa

2-0: Tuesday, 2nd February

His best performance for some time. A great cross that led to the opening goal and a Scholes-esque effort from a corner that would have been one of the goals of the season had it not been met by a tremedous save from Bunn.

Manchester City

2-2: Saturday, 23rd January

Fine runout from the skipper who didn’t let the first half booking affect his game any.

Newcastle United

1-2: Saturday, 16th January

Mixed some excellent moments with the odd casual/sloppy pass but overall had a good match.

AFC Bournemouth

3-1: Tuesday, 12th January

Worked like a trojan and put in one or two meaty challenges - especially against former team mate Stanislas.

Liverpool

2-0: Saturday, 2nd January

Another strong outing for the skipper. Rightly criticised in the past for the variable quality of his corners , his cross for Carroll’s goal was superb.

Southampton

2-1: Sunday, 27th December

Kept finding opponents in the first half but his passing improved in the second half and he came up with a number of storming tackles towards the end.

Aston Villa

1-1: Saturday, 26th December

Another game that entirely passed the captain by.

Swansea City

0-0: Sunday, 20th December

The captain struggled to exert any influence on the midfield today.

Stoke City

0-0: Saturday, 12th December

Struggled to exert any influence on the midfield today.

Manchester United

0-0: Saturday, 5th December

Struggled to exert any influence on the midfield today.

West Bromwich Albion

1-1: Sunday, 29th November

Struggled to exert any influence on the midfield today.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-4: Sunday, 22nd November

A fifth yellow card of the season means he'll miss next week's clash with Albion. Which is probably a good thing right now.

Everton

1-1: Saturday, 7th November

A good influential game from the skipper. Constantly probing and looking for something different. Not always successful but at least he was trying.

Watford

0-2: Saturday, 31st October

Struggled to exert any influence on the midfield today.

Chelsea

2-1: Saturday, 24th October

A couple of slack moments in giving the ball away might have taken the gloss from an otherwise simple but solid performance. However, on review I’ve marked him up a notch for his interventions on a number of occasions which stopped us from being dragged down to their level disciplinary-wise.

Crystal Palace

3-1: Saturday, 17th October

As I say he didn’t do anything wrong, per se, it was just that his particular talents were surplus to requirements in the second half.

Sunderland

2-2: Saturday, 3rd October

The passing game was not up to scratch today. Got a lot of break-up challenges in but was culpable to one extent or another for both goals.

Norwich City

2-2: Saturday, 26th September

The passing game was not up to scratch today. Got a lot of break-up challenges in but was culpable to one extent or another for both goals.

Newcastle United

2-0: Monday, 14th September

Mixed some excellent moments with the odd casual/sloppy pass but overall had a good match.

Liverpool

3-0: Saturday, 29th August

Fine goal. Fine game. Must surely appeal the sending off on the grounds of refereeing insanity.

AFC Bournemouth

3-4: Saturday, 22nd August

Took the penalty well and tried in vain to get things moving.

Leicester City

1-2: Saturday, 15th August

Has been given a pivotal role in midfield and much went through him.

Arsenal

2-0: Sunday, 9th August

Another rash tackle left him on a yellow for most of the match but he stuck to the task well.

Arsenal

2-0: Sunday, 9th August

A splendid effort from someone who probably enjoyed this win more than most, being a local boy.

Astra Giurgiu

1-2: Thursday, 6th August

Wasteful with the ball and needs to be careful not to get wound up in these matches – he was only one rush of blood to the head away from a red for much of the match.

Astra Giurgiu

2-2: Thursday, 30th July

Wasteful with the ball and needs to be careful not to get wound up in these matches – he was only one rush of blood to the head away from a red for much of the match.

Norwich City

1-0: Tuesday, 28th July

Wasteful with the ball and needs to be careful not to get wound up in these matches – he was only one rush of blood to the head away from a red for much of the match.

Charlton Athletic

0-0: Saturday, 25th July

Wasteful with the ball and needs to be careful not to get wound up in these matches – he was only one rush of blood to the head away from a red for much of the match.

Birkirkara

0-1: Thursday, 23rd July

Wasteful with the ball and needs to be careful not to get wound up in these matches – he was only one rush of blood to the head away from a red for much of the match.

Birkirkara

1-0: Thursday, 16th July

FC Lusitanos

3-0: Thursday, 2nd July

A little lucky not to be sent off. He looked decidedly miffed to be taken off, but I think it was the right decision - he was walking a knife edge by then. Decent but not outstanding.

Newcastle United

0-2: Sunday, 24th May

A little lucky not to be sent off. He looked decidedly miffed to be taken off, but I think it was the right decision - he was walking a knife edge by then. Decent but not outstanding.

Everton

1-2: Saturday, 16th May

A little lucky not to be sent off. He looked decidedly miffed to be taken off, but I think it was the right decision - he was walking a knife edge by then. Decent but not outstanding.

Aston Villa

0-1: Saturday, 9th May

Anonymous at best, and it's rare anyone says that about him!

Burnley

1-0: Saturday, 2nd May

Put the miles in, as always, but has had better games. Scored the penalty this time, at least!

Burnley

1-0: Saturday, 2nd May

Lot of hard work in the engine room and did well to remember what a penalty was when the time came. Mark if the ref ever explains that booking to you could you let us know? I could do with a laugh.

Queens Park Rangers

0-0: Saturday, 25th April

Industrious as always.

Manchester City

0-2: Sunday, 19th April

A little lucky not to be sent off. He looked decidedly miffed to be taken off, but I think it was the right decision - he was walking a knife edge by then. Decent but not outstanding.

Stoke City

1-1: Saturday, 11th April

Worked hard as always, but found himself defending more than he'd have liked.

Leicester City

1-2: Saturday, 4th April

A bit under the radar today. Nothing showy, not a great contributor going forwards, but a vital, gritty performance in midfield.

Sunderland

1-0: Saturday, 21st March

The usual sort of Noble performance, although his set-pieces were not at all good, on the whole.

Arsenal

0-3: Saturday, 14th March

Fairly standard Noble fare; neither his best nor worst game.

Chelsea

0-1: Wednesday, 4th March

Crystal Palace

1-3: Saturday, 28th February

Wasn't perfect, did make a couple of errors, but was involved in most of the good things we did.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-2: Sunday, 22nd February

A little lucky not to be sent off. He looked decidedly miffed to be taken off, but I think it was the right decision - he was walking a knife edge by then. Decent but not outstanding.

West Bromwich Albion

0-4: Saturday, 14th February

Still looking for form. Missed too many tackles, didn't push us forwards. Primary culprit for their spectacular second.

Manchester United

1-1: Sunday, 8th February

Mark's best shift of 2015. He seems to come to the boil against Man Utd and today was no exception.

Liverpool

0-2: Saturday, 31st January

Fairly ineffective, certainly below his usual excellent standard in a game you'd expect him to shine in.

Bristol City

1-0: Sunday, 25th January

Fairly ineffective, certainly below his usual excellent standard in a game you'd expect him to shine in.

Hull City

3-0: Sunday, 18th January

Worked hard, but a bit laboured at times.

Hull City

3-0: Sunday, 18th January

A bit out of sorts in the first half presumably as a result of his efforts on Tuesday.

Hull City

3-0: Sunday, 18th January

Not at the races at all today - no doubt feeling the effects of the Everton game.

Everton

2-2: Tuesday, 13th January

It didn't take long for him to get back to his usual standard, did it?

Everton

2-2: Tuesday, 13th January

Faced tough conpetition in the centre of the park but stuck to his task. Was however guilty of giving the ball away once or twice in dangerous positions.

Swansea

1-1: Saturday, 10th January

Wroked hard in the centre of the park but little of note to recall.

Swansea

1-1: Saturday, 10th January

Very solid and looks back to his best, passed well and broke up play.

Everton

1-1: Tuesday, 6th January

Workmanlike, rather than sparkling, on his first full game after injury, but put the miles in yet again and just about worth a 7.

Everton

1-1: Tuesday, 6th January

Good to see Nobes back for the full 90, although his tendency to slow down play prevented West Ham from fully utilising Enner Valencia's pace.

West Bromwich Albion

1-1: Thursday, 1st January

Did not play.

Arsenal

1-2: Sunday, 28th December

Did not play.

Chelsea

0-2: Friday, 26th December

A borderline 5 / 6. Put in a good shift & did some good stuff, but it looked like hard going in his first game back. Not surprised he was subbed around the hour.

Newcastle United

1-0: Saturday, 29th November

Stand-out player from both sides in the first half; not quite so stand-out in the second, but still comfortably MotM.

Newcastle United

1-0: Saturday, 29th November

We don't recognise records that are based on the assumption that there was no football before the Premier League here. Which is why I haven't mentioned the one that everyone has been banging on about. Good game though.

Everton

1-2: Saturday, 22nd November

Worked hard, but looks much better with Song or Kouyate alongside to take some of the load off his shoulders. Never recovered from being clobbered by Naismith on 37; off on 50.

Aston Villa

0-0: Saturday, 8th November

Cannot. Think. Of a thing to say about him. So nothing outstandingly good or bad, then...

Aston Villa

0-0: Saturday, 8th November

Worked hard throughout and, thanks to Roy Hodgson's bizarre case of myopia (have a look at the number of out of form players at struggling clubs in the England squad), has a nice couple of weeks to rest up in.

Manchester City

2-1: Saturday, 25th October

By no means a bad game, and certainly hardworking, but almost everything that was good bypassed him today. Corners mostly hit the first defender, too.

Manchester City

2-1: Saturday, 25th October

Got at the City midfield throughout. Hodgson probably still thinks Fabian Delph is a better player. He is wrong.

Burnley

3-1: Saturday, 18th October

A curate's egg - good in parts, but not always e.g. that horrible giveaway at the end of the first half.

Burnley

3-1: Saturday, 18th October

A bit guilty of allowing the Burnley midfield a bit too much of the game in the first half but improved as the game wore on.

Liverpool

3-1: Saturday, 20th September

Helped boss a midfield against a team that are in the Champions League (no really they are). Not England quality though, apparently. I liked his captain's admonishment of Adrian after tha Balotelli spat.

Liverpool

3-1: Saturday, 20th September

Hard working as always in midfield, the new formation seems to be allowing him a bit more freedom to get forward and curbs his tendency to play crab-fashion. Showed his mettle as captain too. Should be club captain as well as on the pitch.

Hull City

2-2: Monday, 15th September

Run of the mill game for Mr West Ham tonight.

Southampton

1-3: Saturday, 30th August

Scored. Gave the ball away. Ran around a lot. Failed to drive us on. He's better than today.

Southampton

1-3: Saturday, 30th August

The goal apart this was one of his worst performances in a West Ham shirt – he was constantly caught in possession and never seemed sure of what he wanted to do with the ball.

Crystal Palace

3-1: Saturday, 23rd August

Pivotal in linking between defence and attack – it was his goalbound effort that fell to Zarate for his goal.

Crystal Palace

3-1: Saturday, 23rd August

Much as everyone else, it was just a "6" sort of a day all round!

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Saturday, 16th August

Didn't let the penalty affect him, though such was the game-changing nature of the miss Ive docked him a point.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Saturday, 16th August

Industrious as always in midfield, but caught out a couple of times and also, alas, missed that penalty!

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Saturday, 16th August

Industrious as always in midfield, but caught out a couple of times and also, alas, missed that penalty!

Sampdoria

3-2: Saturday, 9th August

Malaga

0-2: Sunday, 3rd August

Schalke

0-0: Saturday, 2nd August

Sydney FC

1-3: Saturday, 26th July

Wellington Phoenix

1-2: Wednesday, 23rd July

Ipswich Town

0-0: Wednesday, 16th July

Stevenage FC

2-2: Saturday, 12th July

Manchester City

0-2: Sunday, 11th May

Tottenham Hotspur

2-0: Saturday, 3rd May

Ran the show. Although Lloris got most MOTM plaudits in the papers he's our candidate.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-0: Saturday, 3rd May

Your best game is always the last one, so they say. Nevertheless, I can't remember him playing better this season, so if this wasn't the best of his season, it was close to it.

West Bromwich Albion

0-1: Saturday, 26th April

Another average performance. Couldn't unlock WBA at all in the second half.

Crystal Palace

0-1: Saturday, 19th April

Had a very busy game in the centre, if not always effective going forwards.

Arsenal

1-3: Tuesday, 15th April

Quietly busy. A little fortunate not have given a goal away on the half-hour, though.

Liverpool

1-2: Sunday, 6th April

Tidy game with occasional bright moments and occasional damp squibs.

Sunderland

2-1: Monday, 31st March

Man of the match, just about, from Carroll. Worked hard in the middle, distributed well, crabbed sideways / backwards less, went forward more. Was at the heart of much of our good play.

Hull City

2-1: Wednesday, 26th March

Apart from the run through to create the penalty, failed to drive the side forwards again. I know it's not a one-man game, but he needs to stop defaulting to turning backwards.

Manchester United

0-2: Saturday, 22nd March

Unlucky to give Rooney his second, but couldn't exert any real control in midfield and was rightly not awarded a penalty.

Stoke City

1-3: Saturday, 15th March

Everton

0-1: Saturday, 1st March

Surprisingly anonymous performance. It's not that he didn't work; he did; but nothing that he did seemed to amount to very much!

Southampton

3-1: Saturday, 22nd February

Good tight match – lost the ball a couple of times but invariably won it back.

Southampton

3-1: Saturday, 22nd February

Barnes & Noble is a bookshop; Taylor & Noble is our centre midfield. Today, a pair of names is about what they amounted to.

Norwich City

2-0: Tuesday, 11th February

Made one nice break to the edge of the Norwich box, but couldn't get his shot on target. Another one below the standard of the last few fixtures. Worked hard, but passing was a little off tonight.

Aston Villa

2-0: Saturday, 8th February

Overhit a few passes, but allowed little space & time to Villa in the middle of the park.

Swansea City

2-0: Saturday, 1st February

Ran his legs off again – even more so when we went down to ten men.

Swansea City

2-0: Saturday, 1st February

Superb again. What more can you say?

Cardiff City

2-0: Saturday, 11th January

What a guy.

Fulham

1-2: Wednesday, 1st January

Was putting in a lot of hard work until his untimely exit.

West Bromwich Albion

3-3: Saturday, 28th December

Mediocre today - very negative when passing.

West Bromwich Albion

3-3: Saturday, 28th December

Varied between bossing the game and getting caught in posession.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-1: Wednesday, 18th December

Did not play.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-1: Wednesday, 18th December

Did not play.

Sunderland

0-0: Saturday, 14th December

Looked a bit lost today.

Sunderland

0-0: Saturday, 14th December

Too many times he turned away from an obvious ball out wide only to run into traffic.

Liverpool

1-4: Saturday, 7th December

Once again lots of nice passes in the middle of the pitch, too few incisive ones in the final third.

Crystal Palace

0-1: Tuesday, 3rd December

Was harassed and didn't cope brilliantly tonight.

Crystal Palace

0-1: Tuesday, 3rd December

Unable to impose himself on the game in his usual fashion.

Chelsea

0-3: Saturday, 23rd November

Work hard enough but had a frustrating evening and ended up down too many blind alleys for my liking.

Chelsea

0-3: Saturday, 23rd November

Lots of endeavour – still playing well.

Norwich City

1-3: Saturday, 9th November

Sprayed the ball around well without making too many incisive passes that really hurt the opposition. Lucky not to be punished when carelessly giving the ball away in his own third.

Aston Villa

0-0: Saturday, 2nd November

A very accomplished first half demonstrating all his best qualities. Less effective second half, and there are still those pretty dismal set pieces blotting his copy book, but all in all did everything you’d look for in a Mark Noble performance.

Aston Villa

0-0: Saturday, 2nd November

Influential and at the heart of much of our play. Ded ball deivery could be better though.

Aston Villa

0-0: Saturday, 2nd November

A masterclass of tackling and passing once again.

Swansea City

0-0: Sunday, 27th October

A flawless display. Does not get the credit he deserves.

Manchester City

1-3: Saturday, 19th October

Outstanding – note to Mr Pellegrini: the player you saw breaking up attack after attack and starting up new ones was Noble not Jaasklainen. Good to see that the refereeing idiocy of a few weeks back hasn't diminished his appetite for a tackle as well.

Tottenham Hotspur

3-0: Sunday, 6th October

Classy as usual.

Hull City

0-1: Saturday, 28th September

Typically energetic.

Everton

2-3: Saturday, 21st September

Difficult to rate. Shouldn’t have been sent off.

Everton

2-3: Saturday, 21st September

I'm not going to criticise him over refereeing dishonesty beyond his control. Yes the rash challenges on the edge of the box have been an issue but this weekend he took the ball cleanly enough. Thankfully he'll only miss the Cardiff League Cup match. Mason on the other hnd will escape punishment.

Southampton

0-0: Saturday, 14th September

Solid but uninspiring.

Stoke City

0-1: Saturday, 31st August

Mark mate, we’re the ones in claret and blue.

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 24th August

Solid – put in some impressive tackles.

Cardiff City

2-0: Saturday, 17th August

A quietly efficient 90 minutes. A couple of needless fouls given away – something he’ll have to watch.

Cardiff City

2-0: Saturday, 17th August

A quietly efficient 90 minutes. A couple of needless fouls given away – something he’ll have to watch.

Pacos de Ferreira

2-1: Saturday, 10th August

Comments to follow...

Eintracht Braunschweig

3-0: Saturday, 27th July

Comments to follow.

Colchester United

2-1: Tuesday, 16th July

Comments to follow...

AFC Bournemouth

2-0: Saturday, 13th July

Comments to follow...

Boreham Wood

3-0: Wednesday, 10th July

Comments to follow...

Cork City

6-2: Sunday, 7th July

Comments to follow.

Reading

4-2: Sunday, 19th May

Ran the show in the first half. Less influential in the second half though it was his fine through ball that set-up Nolan’s second.

Everton

0-2: Sunday, 12th May

Comments to follow...

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 4th May

Did not play.

Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th April

Did not play.

Wigan Athletic

2-0: Saturday, 20th April

(Replaced O'Neil, 55)
Like Joe Cole he appears to be still finding his feet following his return from injury.

Manchester United

2-2: Wednesday, 17th April

(Replaced O'Neil, 67)
Good to have him back – though bringing him on in the hope we’d get a penalty was optimism in the extreme!

Swansea City

1-0: Saturday, 2nd February

Ran his legs off in the middle. Unspectacular but solid.

Queens Park Rangers

1-1: Saturday, 19th January

Seemed more worried about Taarabt than he ought to have been in the early stages of the game. Didn’t dominate the match.

Manchester United

2-2: Saturday, 5th January

(Replaced Diarra, 73)
Not as influential as he normally is when on from the start. Understandably so.

Norwich City

2-1: Tuesday, 1st January

Just shaded for MOTM by Reid but nevertheless he bossed the game. Another fine penalty.

Everton

1-2: Saturday, 22nd December

Better corners but lost the ball a few too many times.

Chelsea

3-1: Saturday, 1st December

Recovered from an iffy first half to have a decent second. Needs to watch the rash challenges or he’ll be looking at another suspension at the end of the next period.

Manchester City

0-0: Saturday, 3rd November

The pressure placed on the team kept him quieter than usual as an attacking force but he worked his socks off and was another who had that “they shall not pass” air about him.

Wigan Athletic

1-2: Saturday, 27th October

Yes, yes, it’s Mark Noble, he’s local and we all love him etc etc… but look, this whole set piece thing (penalties aside) is now starting to become an issue and on days like this where play seems to be passing him by you start to question what he’s really there for. Ineffective in breaking up play, ineffective in creating play. Hopefully just an off day.

Southampton

4-1: Saturday, 20th October

Caught the sponsors’ eye for MOTM with two goals. Not sure I quite agree but he had a good game nevertheless.

Arsenal

1-3: Saturday, 6th October

Puller of innumerable strings in the midfield. Whilst the clamour for him to represent his country may be premature, the notion that he should be behind Jonjo Shelvey in the pecking order is ludicrous.

Sunderland

1-1: Saturday, 22nd September

Good in parts, occasionally let down by his delivery from dead balls, which varied from excellent to poor.

Norwich City

0-0: Saturday, 15th September

Typical Noble performance. He worked really hard, always battling in the midfield and giving his all for the team. He was always looking for the ball and trying to start attacks. Interesting fact: of every single player in the Premier League yesterday, Noble covered the most distance.

Fulham

3-0: Saturday, 1st September

The competition for places seems to have stirred Mark into action more than anyone else and he has been West Ham's most consistent player over the first three league games. He was everywhere today; winning possession, making crucial tackles and spraying the ball all over the park.

Fulham

3-0: Saturday, 1st September

There were candidates for MOTM all over the place in this match. Noble got mine for the prodigious amount of work and tackles he got in that allowed some of the more eye-catching displays to take place. I know money’s tight but please get that contract sorted guys.

Swansea City

0-3: Saturday, 25th August

Probably the most effective West Ham player on the pitch. His delivery from free kicks were excellent, and caused all sorts of problems and was responsible for creating our only real chances in the match. Passed the ball well and showed some nice touches.

Aston Villa

1-0: Saturday, 18th August

Like Diame he ha a tendency early on to overegg the pudding a bit. Once he started to keep it simple it was ok.

Austria Wien

1-3: Saturday, 7th July

(Replaced Reid, 46)
Match notes to follow.

Blackpool

2-1: Saturday, 19th May

Not his usual influential self but put in a good shift nevertheless.

Cardiff City

3-0: Monday, 7th May

Influential as ever – seems to be enjoying himself in this diamond thingy we are supposed to be playing.

Cardiff City

2-0: Thursday, 3rd May

The freshly-crowned Hammer of the Year completely nullified Cardiff's most dangrous player, Peter Whittingham, who barely had a sniff. An incredible mature performance from a lad who's still only 24.

Hull City

2-1: Saturday, 28th April

Influential as ever and was part of a midfield that bossed things for 80-odd minutes.

Brighton & Hove Albion

6-0: Saturday, 14th April

Not one of his more eye-catching performances but quietly effective all the same. Can we claim the sixth for him?

Reading

2-4: Saturday, 31st March

Had a fine first half but sadly his injury was to prove our downfall – either directly or indirectly.

Leeds United

1-1: Saturday, 17th March

As always put everything into the performance but struggled to have impact on the game. Battled well and great cross for Collins goal.

Doncaster Rovers

1-1: Saturday, 10th March

Inspirational in recent weeks he seemed to be labouring in this one. Not helped by D’Urso’s insistence that perfectly legal tackles were fouls.

Doncaster Rovers

1-1: Saturday, 10th March

Quiet game from Noble, seemed to shine brighter when Nolan was out of his way.

Watford

1-1: Wednesday, 7th March

Nowhere near as efficient as in recent outings - much like the rest of the team. Often found himself 50 yards ahead of the defence and in no position to receive the ball.

Cardiff City

2-0: Sunday, 4th March

Another fine performance – only the immense nature of Faye's performance today stopped him from getting another MOTM gong.

Crystal Palace

0-0: Saturday, 25th February

Given the sponsors' MOTM award, he had a fair game though he was definitely one of those whose recent efforts were definitely showing.

Blackpool

4-1: Wednesday, 22nd February

Another all action display from Noble. Probably playing his best football right now. His delivery from dead ball situations was superb.

Southampton

1-1: Tuesday, 14th February

Captain fantastic. Inspirational throughout and simply didn’t stop for breath. Excellent distribution, a few crucial tackles in the middle of the park and of course another superb penalty. MOTM.

Millwall

2-1: Saturday, 4th February

Outstanding. A performance of incredible work rate, intelligent passing and no little maturity. Given his background and the number of sly little digs that were aimed his way off the ball throughout the match he kept his cool and bossed the midfield. For once the sponsors got MOTM spot on.

Millwall

2-1: Saturday, 4th February

Took over the captaincy when Nolan was dismissed and led by example. Didn’t stop running and was very tidy in possession throughout. Drove the side forward.

Nottingham Forest

2-1: Saturday, 21st January

Actually had a poor first half hour and gave the ball away too often. Improved drastically second half and sprayed it around beautifully. Took his two penalties very well.

Portsmouth

1-0: Saturday, 14th January

Pick of the midfield. Glad to see him taking the spot-kicks again – even if the ‘keeper did get something on this one.

Derby County

1-2: Saturday, 31st December

Got through a lot of running but to little effect.

Barnsley

1-0: Saturday, 17th December

If Diop is a Wardrobe, then Noble was more like a bedside cabinet – like Nolan most of his work was the sort of stuff that often goes unnoticed.

Burnley

1-2: Saturday, 3rd December

Started well enough but faded as the game went on and his passing became more erratic. Another who was below the high standards he has set himself recently.

Derby County

3-1: Saturday, 26th November

One of the few to emerge from the first half with any credit he continued playing well into the second period. Fine spot-kick.

Coventry City

2-1: Saturday, 19th November

Worked his socks off and ought to have had a penalty.

Hull City

2-0: Saturday, 5th November

Another good runout – particularly in that first part of the second half when he brought the ball forward a bit more.

Blackpool

4-0: Saturday, 15th October

(replaced Carew, 80) A quiet ten plus stoppage.

Ipswich Town

0-1: Tuesday, 27th September

Wasted the ball far too much.

Peterborough

1-0: Saturday, 24th September

Just about his best performance of the season? Some big tackles (plus one or two missed ones that on another day could have seen him cautioned) and some wonderful distribution, bringing both flanks into play.

Portsmouth

4-3: Saturday, 10th September

MOTM for me. Showed Nolan how to ignore being constantly fouled. Tigerish but fair in the tackle and the penalty was well taken. It was almost as if the departure of a certain person had freed his mind.

Nottingham Forest

4-1: Sunday, 28th August

Disappointing, and still unable to get hold of a game by the scruff of the neck this season. Perhaps he feels uncomfortable being asked to play in front of the back four; it's certainly not what he's known for - and it's showing.

Aldershot Town

1-2: Wednesday, 24th August

Did not play.

Leeds United

2-2: Sunday, 21st August

Another so-so match. There are times that he seems unsure of what it is he’s supposed to be doing alongside Nolan and Parker.

Watford

4-0: Tuesday, 16th August

Plays as if he thinks he is the best player in the division. The attitude we need throughout the whole team. Guilty of a few sloppy passes, but generally gave us so much guile and vision in midfield.

Doncaster Rovers

1-0: Saturday, 13th August

A busy 90 for the midfielder in a performance much improved from last week.

Doncaster Rovers

1-0: Saturday, 13th August

A busy game, lots of running.

Cardiff City

0-1: Sunday, 7th August

A bit in and out of the match. One fine run in the second half was spoilt by a reluctance to end the move with a shot.

Chelsea

0-3: Saturday, 23rd April

A worrying injury. He was playing well, and was willing to attack.

Aston Villa

1-2: Saturday, 16th April

Just when we needed him to stand up and be counted in the absence of Parker he disappeared.

Bolton Wanderers

0-3: Saturday, 9th April

Frustrated. Played in a fluid fashion in the second half.

Manchester United

2-4: Saturday, 2nd April

Comments to follow.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-0: Saturday, 19th March

Seems to enjoy the game so much more when part of a middle three with Hitz.

Stoke City

1-2: Sunday, 13th March

A quieter game than of recent weeks.

Stoke City

3-0: Saturday, 5th March

Continues to improve. Looks like he’s enjoying his football as well.

Liverpool

3-1: Sunday, 27th February

Another who ran his socks off. I Like the look of him with Hitz and Parker in the middle.

Burnley

5-1: Monday, 21st February

Comments to follow.

West Bromwich Albion

3-3: Saturday, 12th February

A poor first half but he had a hand in all three of our goals after the break.

Birmingham City

0-1: Sunday, 6th February

Another out of sorts in the middle.

Blackpool

3-1: Wednesday, 2nd February

Not his most notable performance of late but a solid one nonetheless.

Nottingham Forest

3-2: Sunday, 30th January

Ok in patches but looked a bit leggy towards the end. Wisely withdrawn to give him a break.

Birmingham City

1-3: Wednesday, 26th January

Comments to follow.

Everton

2-2: Saturday, 22nd January

Comments to follow.

Arsenal

0-3: Saturday, 15th January

Comments to follow.

Birmingham City

2-1: Tuesday, 11th January

Comments to follow.

Barnsley

2-0: Saturday, 8th January

Ran the game first half, less so in the second but still our most influential player and our MOTM.

Newcastle United

0-5: Wednesday, 5th January

Comments to follow.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

2-0: Saturday, 1st January

(Replaced Stanislas, 69 mins) A welcome return. Eased himself back for 20 minutes though he did get involved in the build up for the second.

Liverpool

0-3: Saturday, 20th November

Comments to follow.

Blackpool

0-0: Saturday, 13th November

Remarkable effort to come straight off the operating table and play so well.

Arsenal

0-1: Saturday, 30th October

Another who worked his socks off. His absence thanks to appendicitis will be felt over the next few weeks.

Stoke City

3-1: Wednesday, 27th October

(Replaced Barrera, 69 mins) Outstanding – I'd give him MOTM for that run alone. He ended up being the difference between the two sides.

Newcastle United

1-2: Saturday, 23rd October

At the heart of what little was good in this match – if I had to plump for a MOTM it'd probably be him.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

1-1: Saturday, 16th October

Still a bit lightweight for the hurly-burly of the PL but his stamina is a lot better. One of the few players who could pass.

Fulham

1-1: Saturday, 2nd October

Another good steady performance. The rest he managed to get this summer is clearly doing him the power of good.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Sunday, 26th September

It wasn't all that long ago that the received wisdom was that Noble and Parker couldn't play together. They look like they work well together to me. Unlucky not to score and sent over some excellent corners – including the one that led to the goal.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Sunday, 26th September

It wasn't all that long ago that the received wisdom was that Noble and Parker couldn't play together. They look like they work well together to me. Unlucky not to score and sent over some excellent corners – including the one that led to the goal.

Sunderland

2-1: Tuesday, 21st September

(Replaced Barrera, 90 mins) Comments to follow.

Stoke City

1-1: Saturday, 18th September

Has become Mr Reliable, unfortunately this may not be a good thing. Noble is solid but has not really progressed since he became a first team player. I love the lad but I think he has been stale for a couple of years now.

Chelsea

1-3: Saturday, 11th September

Ran his legs off and put himself about a bit.

Manchester United

0-3: Saturday, 28th August

Running in circles with no real conviction. On tenderhooks after the yellow card.

Oxford United

1-0: Tuesday, 24th August

Bad first half, a much better second.

Bolton Wanderers

1-3: Saturday, 21st August

A busy afternoon. He must learn to curb his frustration when confronted with poor officials – his late yellow was pointless. How I wish he'd taken the first penalty.

Aston Villa

0-3: Saturday, 14th August

Worked hard, no lack of effort from a young man who needs a good season if he is to push on.

Deportivo La Coruna

0-0: Saturday, 7th August

Comments to follow.

Fulham

2-3: Monday, 3rd May

Busy, mostly to little end though he set up the first and was involved in the move for the second.

Wigan Athletic

3-2: Saturday, 24th April

The plaudits went to Parker but, given he was nominally out on the left, Noble's performance was nearly as impressive. Looked knackered at the end – had every right to.

Liverpool

0-3: Monday, 19th April

Comments to follow.

Sunderland

1-0: Saturday, 10th April

Probably edges Behrami for MOTM for me – some of the tackles he put in were earth shakers and, given that they galvanised the crowd, the example must have had a positive effect on his team-mates.

Everton

2-2: Thursday, 1st April

One of his best efforts for a while and so unlucky not to score with a deft chip. Needs to keep his form due to Parker's ensuing suspension.

Stoke City

0-1: Saturday, 27th March

Symptomatic of his season - some flashes of excellence but not enough.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

1-3: Tuesday, 23rd March

Did not play.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

1-3: Tuesday, 23rd March

Did not play.

Arsenal

0-2: Saturday, 20th March

(Replaced Kovac, 70 minutes) Comments to follow.

Manchester United

0-3: Tuesday, 23rd February

Whatever is wrong with Noble needs to be nipped in the bud, and soon. A poor season is showing no signs of improvement.

Hull City

3-0: Sunday, 21st February

Did not play.

Hull City

3-0: Sunday, 21st February

Did not play.

Hull City

3-0: Sunday, 21st February

Did not play.

Birmingham City

2-0: Wednesday, 10th February

(Replaced Parker, 86 mins) Not really on for long enough to make a difference – the rest was much-needed in my opinion.

Burnley

1-2: Saturday, 6th February

Never really came to the party. A couple of decent interchanges here and there, but never really seemed involved. The harder he tries (which is not in doubt) the less seems to come off for him. Either needs a goal or a rest to sort his mindset out. Either is likely to see a vastly improved player.

Blackburn Rovers

0-0: Saturday, 30th January

Not a bad first half but his distribution went off the boil in the second half.

Portsmouth

1-1: Tuesday, 26th January

Comments to follow.

Aston Villa

0-0: Sunday, 17th January

Comments to follow.

Portsmouth

2-0: Saturday, 26th December

Comments to follow.

Chelsea

1-1: Sunday, 20th December

Got stuck in in what was his best game in a long while.

Birmingham City

0-1: Saturday, 12th December

Comments to follow.

Burnley

5-3: Saturday, 28th November

Did not play.

Everton

1-2: Sunday, 8th November

Did not play.

Aston Villa

2-1: Wednesday, 4th November

Much better than of late. He looked lively and Friedel’s save was the only thing that stopped him doubling his tally.

Sunderland

2-2: Saturday, 31st October

Some good play on occasions but, as has been the case for much of this season, it’s been sporadic at best. I still think he needs a rest.

Arsenal

2-2: Sunday, 25th October

There is something not right here. The more the game went on the worse his passing got and his delivery from set pieces left much to be desired.

Stoke City

1-2: Saturday, 17th October

Comments to follow.

Fulham

2-2: Sunday, 4th October

Decent first half. Back to his recent lack of form in the second.

Manchester City

1-3: Monday, 28th September

Once again a display where he didn't do too much wrong, but had no real impact on the game. Continuing to struggle against the better teams.

Bolton Wanderers

1-3: Tuesday, 22nd September

As above, always available, worked hard - but I lost count of how many times he gave the ball away.

Liverpool

2-3: Saturday, 19th September

Doesn’t seem at home on the right. In the unlikely event that we ever get all our midfield fit at the same time he may be due a rest.

Wigan Athletic

0-1: Saturday, 12th September

This was the sort of game he ought to have been taking by the scruff of the neck but didn’t. Picked up a deserved yellow early on for a niggly little kick and was on a bit of a knife-edge thereafter.

Blackburn Rovers

0-0: Saturday, 29th August

The pick of our midfield today.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-2: Sunday, 23rd August

Quieter than last week. Still got through a fair bit of running.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-2: Sunday, 23rd August

Quieter than last week. Still got through a fair bit of running.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

2-0: Saturday, 15th August

Quality performance – maturing nicely. Let’s hope he continues to keep his head next weekend.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

2-0: Saturday, 15th August

Quality performance – maturing nicely. Let’s hope he continues to keep his head next weekend.

Beijing Guoan

2-0: Friday, 31st July

Passing not at its best but held the midfield well.

Middlesbrough

2-1: Sunday, 24th May

Strong but looked a bit tired – a few 3am feeds too many perhaps?

Liverpool

0-3: Saturday, 9th May

Best game in ages – as if he took the presence and hype about Divin’ Steve G as a personal insult.

Stoke City

1-0: Saturday, 2nd May

There’s been much comment about the lad’s form of late. Whilst this wasn’t a return to the days when he ran matches, he did a prodigious amount of defensive work that was vital if not eye-catching in this instance.

Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 25th April

Got through a lot of running but the distribution left a lot to be desired. Telegraphed the penalty unfortunately.

Sunderland

2-0: Saturday, 4th April

In the absence of just about every other midfielder on our books he shouldered the responsibility well. If I have one criticism it would be that he went to ground in the tackle more than I would have liked – mis-time those and you have a red card on the way.

Blackburn Rovers

1-1: Saturday, 21st March

Fine finish for the goal and a much better run out than of late. Faded a bit towards the end but that was unsurprising in view of the running he’d put in.

West Bromwich Albion

0-0: Monday, 16th March

The lad is clearly well out of sorts at present. A bigger squad might see him given a break but for the foreseeable he’ll be in the starting line-up.

West Bromwich Albion

0-0: Monday, 16th March

Will not reach top form until he is played in central midfield. He is clearly not happy with this wide role and he constantly drifted inside to a crowded midfield.

Bolton Wanderers

1-2: Saturday, 21st February

A return to form and a great pass to set-up Di Michele in the 39th minute. However, his decision to pass when put through by Cole was inexplicable.

Middlesbrough

1-1: Saturday, 14th February

Another disappointing performance from a player who could be carrying an injury.

Middlesbrough

1-1: Saturday, 14th February

A silly booking and also guilty of giving the ball away too much.

Middlesbrough

1-1: Saturday, 14th February

A silly booking and also guilty of giving the ball away too much.

Manchester United

0-1: Sunday, 8th February

Lovely pass to Cole offered West Ham best chance of scoring. However, overall, his passing was not up to his normal standard with a 25% failure-rate.

Manchester United

0-1: Sunday, 8th February

A lot of running but his passing was not at its best.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 31st January

A slightly disappointing run-out. Gave the ball away a few times and, though he did a lot of tracking back, I just had the feeling he can do better.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 31st January

A slightly disappointing run-out. Gave the ball away a few times and, though he did a lot of tracking back, I just had the feeling he can do better.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 31st January

Well below his best. Distribution was poor and he gave very little support to Di Michele and Cole. I suspect he had not recovered from the knock he took against Hull.

Hull City

2-0: Wednesday, 28th January

Developing a great partnership with Parker at the centre of midfield. Poor spot-kick but was unlucky with a delightful chip in the 78th minute.

Hartlepool United

2-0: Saturday, 24th January

not have to be at his very best today. Looks to be a competent penalty-taker.

Fulham

3-1: Sunday, 18th January

He gives the midfield a sense of urgency. As with Collison, his youthful energy makes a great deal of difference to our midfield.

Newcastle United

2-2: Saturday, 10th January

Had work a-plenty but faded a bit in the second half. Might have done better when one on one with Given.

Barnsley

3-0: Saturday, 3rd January

A busy afternoon. Scored one, made one and was at the heart of things in the centre.

Bolton Wanderers

1-3: Sunday, 5th October

Failed to spot passes when they were on.

Fulham

2-1: Sunday, 28th September

Reduced Bullard to having to seek assists from the ref. Played some superb passes, not least for Etherington’s goal.

Newcastle United

3-1: Saturday, 20th September

Excellent performance at Albion last week, another great one today. Back to his best?

Newcastle United

3-1: Saturday, 20th September

Revelled in the extra responsibility that a 3-man midfield brought him. Some decent passes too.

West Bromwich Albion

2-3: Saturday, 13th September

In the right place at the right time for the goal. Like Parker, he faded after the break.

Blackburn Rovers

4-1: Saturday, 30th August

All the aggression without the stupidity. A very good performance that answered criticisms of his central midfield partnership with Parker.

Blackburn Rovers

4-1: Saturday, 30th August

Pulled all the strings, particularly in the first 45.

Aston Villa

2-2: Saturday, 10th May

Another hard shift put in before being sacrificed in the chase for the equaliser.

Manchester United

1-4: Saturday, 3rd May

Too many misplaced passes undid some good work.

Manchester United

1-4: Saturday, 3rd May

Why was he played here? Curbishley has known him for over a year, he must know right wing is not his position. Solano would have been a better option, Noble was absent today.

Newcastle United

2-2: Saturday, 26th April

MOTM, played much like Parker today, distribution good, very good goal too.

Newcastle United

2-2: Saturday, 26th April

Works well alongside Parker and this would appear to be the boss’s preferred middle pairing. Lots of hard work and took the goal well.

Derby County

2-1: Saturday, 19th April

Busy ninety minutes for the youngster who at times ran the show in the middle.

Sunderland

1-2: Saturday, 29th March

When he was on the ball he looked class. Unfortunately we didn’t give him enough of the ball.

Everton

1-1: Saturday, 22nd March

A quiet(ish) first 45 but really came to life in the second half. So close to winning the game with the last minute strike.

Blackburn Rovers

2-1: Monday, 17th March

(replaced Parker, 76) Can't see why Curbishley keeps dropping him, he's the best central midfielder we have. Held it together well when he came on.

Blackburn Rovers

2-1: Monday, 17th March

(replaced Parker, 76) Continued where Parker had left off

Tottenham Hotspur

0-4: Monday, 10th March

(replaced Parker, 76) Not as dominant as Parker had been but got a couple of good feet in.

Chelsea

0-4: Saturday, 1st March

Tried but his passing and set play delivery were short of the mark today.

Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 23rd February

Effective without dominating like we know he can.

Wigan Athletic

1-0: Saturday, 2nd February

Battled and battled but ultimately muscled out in the middle.

Liverpool

1-0: Wednesday, 30th January

Worked his socks off for the whole match. Nerves of steel for the spot-kick.

Liverpool

1-0: Wednesday, 30th January

Worked his socks off for the whole match. Nerves of steel for the spot-kick.

Manchester City

0-1: Wednesday, 16th January

While his passing could not be faulted, he was unable to truly dominate and was given a bit of a lesson at times by Elano.

Fulham

2-1: Saturday, 12th January

Honours even in a fascinating midfield battle with Murphy. Worked wonders for the winner.

Manchester City

0-0: Saturday, 5th January

After a spell out of the team, he has his place back. He buzzed about the pitch all the time, snapped into tackles and made decent passes, but he was just unable to create that one good chance.

Manchester City

0-0: Saturday, 5th January

Fine game. Took on responsibility well in the absence of Parker.

Arsenal

0-2: Tuesday, 1st January

Tons of running and got a lot of tackles in. Ridiculously booked with seconds to go.

Manchester United

2-1: Saturday, 29th December

Showed great character to recover from the early miss following Mullins’ effort that came off the bar. His delivery for the goals was superb.

Manchester United

2-1: Saturday, 29th December

Showed great character to recover from the early miss following Mullins’ effort that came off the bar. His delivery for the goals was superb.

Manchester United

2-1: Saturday, 29th December

He has been out of the side lately and with good reason some may argue, but he probed diligently throughout and created two goals.

Reading

1-1: Wednesday, 26th December

(replaced Solano, 77) One dangerous corner aside, he did little when he came on.

Everton

0-2: Saturday, 15th December

(replaced Solano, 59) A few good runs shortly after arriving on the pitch but faded from view thereafter.

Everton

0-2: Saturday, 15th December

(replaced Solano, 59) He will probably get a chance next week. Here his intentions were obvious even though he could not pick the lock.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-1: Saturday, 24th November

A few good challenges and a few good passes but faded quite early on, possibly as a result of his lay-off. We will see better from him.

Coventry City

2-1: Tuesday, 30th October

Not his greatest performance but was struggling for some time with an injury which saw him replaced at the break.

Aston Villa

0-1: Saturday, 6th October

(replaced Mullins, 80) If Curbs was trying to get the best out of him by the stick rather than the carrot, this wasn't the game to do it in.

Aston Villa

0-1: Saturday, 6th October

(replaced Mullins, 80) Barely had a chance to nip at Reo-Coker's ankles.

Arsenal

0-1: Friday, 28th September

Strong as usual. One risky tackle.

Middlesbrough

3-0: Saturday, 15th September

Clearly he feels the effects of two games in a week but he ran his socks off and got through a lot of work without quite stamping his authority on the game as we know he can.

Reading

3-0: Saturday, 1st September

Not eye-catching but endeavoured to ensure Reading stamped no authority and his passing was quietly effective.

Reading

3-0: Saturday, 1st September

Circumstances dictated a more defensive role for the youngster today. Not found wanting – though he ought to have had a goal in the first half.

Reading

3-0: Saturday, 1st September

Circumstances dictated a more defensive role for the youngster today. Not found wanting – though he ought to have had a goal in the first half.

Bristol Rovers

2-1: Tuesday, 28th August

(replaced Dyer, 13) Another committed performance from the youngster whose stock is increasing week by week.

Wigan Athletic

1-1: Saturday, 25th August

Another good run-out – though the toll of a hot day and a midweek international showed in the last few minutes.

Wigan Athletic

1-1: Saturday, 25th August

Another good run-out – though the toll of a hot day and a midweek international showed in the last few minutes.

Wigan Athletic

1-1: Saturday, 25th August

A decent game although not as good as last week. Always willing and wants to play football rather than hoof it.

Birmingham City

1-0: Saturday, 18th August

At the heart of much that was good. Did the right thing at the right time and kept a cool head for the penalty.

Birmingham City

1-0: Saturday, 18th August

At the heart of much that was good. Did the right thing at the right time and kept a cool head for the penalty.

Manchester City

0-2: Saturday, 11th August

At his best when he keeps it simple. Spent too much time trying to find that killer ball or to beat players when the simple pass was on.

Manchester City

0-2: Saturday, 11th August

Perhaps his poorest ever display but at least he tries to play football. His passing was so laboured and easily cut out.

Manchester City

0-2: Saturday, 11th August

At his best when he keeps it simple. Spent too much time trying to find that killer ball or to beat players when the simple pass was on.

Manchester United

1-0: Sunday, 13th May

Snapped and harried and hassled for the whole 90 minutes. If we were going to be relegated he was damned sure it wasn’t going to be his fault.

Manchester United

1-0: Sunday, 13th May

Snapped and harried and hassled for the whole 90 minutes. If we were going to be relegated he was damned sure it wasn’t going to be his fault.

Bolton Wanderers

3-1: Saturday, 5th May

Being caught in possession for the Bolton goal was the only real blemish on another fine performance. And what a goal. Hopefully now a fixture in the side.

Bolton Wanderers

3-1: Saturday, 5th May

Being caught in possession for the Bolton goal was the only real blemish on another fine performance. And what a goal. Hopefully now a fixture in the side.

Wigan Athletic

3-0: Saturday, 28th April

His passing is of high quality, but his willingness to get stuck in is commendable. The youngster had no second thoughts about winning one tackle moments after winning another.

Wigan Athletic

3-0: Saturday, 28th April

His passing is of high quality, but his willingness to get stuck in is commendable. The youngster had no second thoughts about winning one tackle moments after winning another.

Everton

1-0: Saturday, 21st April

If nothing else the trials and tribulations of this season have at least prompted the reintroduction of Noble into the first team following spells on loan and on the treatment table. A good solid game.

Everton

1-0: Saturday, 21st April

If nothing else the trials and tribulations of this season have at least prompted the reintroduction of Noble into the first team following spells on loan and on the treatment table. A good solid game.

Arsenal

1-0: Saturday, 7th April

Started slowly but slowly got to grips with the game. Made some huge tackles in the middle of the park.

Arsenal

1-0: Saturday, 7th April

Started slowly but slowly got to grips with the game. Made some huge tackles in the middle of the park.

Middlesbrough

2-0: Saturday, 31st March

Curbishley may have feared he was too young, but he has disproved that theory. May need to curb his somewhat overly aggressive streak however.

Middlesbrough

2-0: Saturday, 31st March

A brave decision by Curbishley's to include him again today after Noble chased shadows at Blackburn last weekend - but it proved to be a great call.

Blackburn Rovers

2-1: Saturday, 17th March

One game too many perhaps as the youngster was out-fought and out-thought by Blackburn's veteran wily Turk. Rightly substituted today, but he's done enough in recent weeks to show he should be in with a shout.

Blackburn Rovers

2-1: Saturday, 17th March

One game too many perhaps as the youngster was out-fought and out-thought by Blackburn's veteran wily Turk. Rightly substituted today, but he's done enough in recent weeks to show he should be in with a shout.

Tottenham Hotspur

3-4: Sunday, 4th March

Vindicated the views of 90% of Hammers fan's views. Fizzed around the place and took his goal well.

Brighton & Hove Albion

3-0: Saturday, 6th January

A joy to see him the Claret and Blue again. Took his goal well, the bounce could have easily hindered him. Probably warming the bench next week.

Brighton & Hove Albion

3-0: Saturday, 6th January

Bossed midfield and enjoyed his well-taken goal.

Blackburn Rovers

2-3: Saturday, 10th December

Comments to follow.

Birmingham City

2-1: Monday, 5th December

Comments to follow.

Manchester United

1-2: Sunday, 27th November

Only his second ever Premiership start yet Noble has already come up against Davids and Carrick and now Smith and Scholes. Made little impression today (although his interception started the move for our goal) but the experience he is gaining will prove invaluable.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-1: Sunday, 20th November

His battle with Davids was the highlight of the maych for me. He gave the Dutchman no respect whatsoever, got stuck in and distributed the ball well. Can he do it at premiership level? What a daft question!

Tottenham Hotspur

1-1: Sunday, 20th November

His battle with Davids was the highlight of the maych for me. He gave the Dutchman no respect whatsoever, got stuck in and distributed the ball well. Can he do it at premiership level? What a daft question!

Sheffield Wednesday

4-2: Tuesday, 20th September

Comments to follow.

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 20th August

Did not play.

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 20th August

Did not play.

Blackburn Rovers

3-1: Saturday, 13th August

(Replaced Mullins, 84) Just time for a brief cameo of the youngster’s footwork.

Blackburn Rovers

3-1: Saturday, 13th August

(Replaced Mullins, 84) Just time for a brief cameo of the youngster’s footwork.

Blackburn Rovers

3-1: Saturday, 13th August

(Replaced Mullins, 84) Just time for a brief cameo of the youngster’s footwork.
Mark Noble did not play for West Ham during this season.

Mark Noble did not play for West Ham during this season.

Mark Noble did not play for West Ham during this season.

Mark Noble did not play for West Ham during this season.

Mark Noble did not play for West Ham during this season.