We should've scored six or seven, says Noble

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 2nd September 2019

Club captain Mark Noble was thrilled with West Ham's performance against Norwich in Stratford on Saturday - but believes the Hammers should have won by an even greater margin.

But for a string of top-class saves by City 'keeper Tim Krul, West Ham could've racked up a cricket score against the Canaries who were distinctly second best after an opening 15 minutes in which the visitors more than matched Manuel Pellegrini's side.

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Thereafter, however, it was a different story as the Hammers seized control of the game, scored twice, were denied a cast-iron penalty shout and saw Krul pull of a series of fantastic saves.

Noble, who was given an 8/10 rating by KUMB match reporter Chris Wilkerson was a rock in West Ham's midfield and produced one of his best performances for some considerable time, according to fans posting on the KUMB Forum.

And the captain appeared to agree with the general assessment of United's performance when he insisted the team could've scored a hatful of goals.

"We really limited them to a couple of half chances and we should have scored six or seven ourselves," he told West Ham's website. "It should have been a bigger scoreline.

"Obviously I'm pleased with the 2-0 result and the way that we played, but I've come away thinking we should have won by more."

Noble also confessed to being equally pleased with the team's defensive performance, which limited the Premier League's joint-leading goalscorer Teemu Pukki to just two minor goal scoring opportunities in the second half.

And he revealed that the team had spoken at length about their defensive frailties following the 3-1 win at Watford last weekend - prior to recording their first clean sheet in the league this season.

"The whole back four was brilliant to keep Pukki quiet because he's such a good goalscorer," he added. "The aggression we played with, the pace, was brilliant. For me it was the best we've played for a long time.

"The last two [league] games we've played extremely well, especially going forward, but I said to the players in the week that we were really good in attack at Watford but we left ourselves open at times.

"I didn't like that, but today we were solid."

West Ham enjoyed their most productive August for several years, taking seven points out of 12 in the Premier League and winning their only Cup tie of the month.

The Hammers are next in action two weeks from now, following the international break, when they face another recently-promoted team - Aston Villa - at Villa Park.

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