Noble: there's a long way to go

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 23rd January 2020

Mark Noble admitted to being hugely disappointed by last night's 4-1 defeat at Leicester - but isn't giving up yet.

West Ham are now considered to be one of the favourites to be relegated at the end of the season following last night's dismal performance.

But Noble, for one, isn't giving up hope - even though the odds appear to be stacked against the Hammers. "Leicester were the better team. There is no point standing here and lying," said the captain in his post-match interview.

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"Going 2-0 down just before the break was a kick in the teeth but we came out and got a goal straight away. Then, for 15 or 20 minutes, we were in the game. "But once they got that third goal, which came from a mistake, there was no way back for us.

"We were still in the game at 2-1 and probably should have gone in [to the interval] at 1-0. I thought there was a foul in the corner which the referee didn't give, but we weren't good enough and we didn't deserve to win.

"I think if we'd have got anything it would have been a bit lucky, if anything, because we didn't play that well."

And Noble also bemoaned the rising number of injuries which have hampered David Moyes' options as the new manager seeks to somehow turn around West Ham's dreadful run of form.

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"At the minute we've lost Felipe [Anderson]; Snods looks like he's hurt himself; Ryan Fredericks we've got out; [Andriy] Yarmolenko, Jack [Wilshere]; these are big players for us who we've got out.

"If you have a look at our bench tonight, if the gaffer looks behind him, he's got five defenders on the bench.

"But there is still a long way to go and there are still a lot of points to play for. Tthis game and this league changes so often, so we'll stick at it. We've got a tough three or four weeks coming up, but we need to stick together."

West Ham - who have failed to score a single goal from open play in their last three matches - face runaway league leaders Liverpool twice and reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in their next four outings.

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