A great night, says jubilant skipper

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 23rd September 2021

Mark Noble was distraught on Sunday afternoon after missing the last-minute penalty that would've salvaged a point for West Ham.

Yet that disappointment was replaced by jubilation last night after the skipper played the full 90 minutes as David Moyes' side turned the tables on their hosts by securing a 1-0 win in the Carabao Cup.

And for the 34-year-old Noble, who admitted to have felt "sick as a pig" following Sunday's defeat, it was a "special" occasion for both the players and the fans as West Ham secured a win at Old Trafford for the first time since May 2007 - when a Carlos Tevez goal achieved a priceless victory on the final day of the season, a game in which Noble was also involved (as was current Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer).

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“I think all in all, it’s a great night for West Ham,” he told whufc.com. “It’s a fantastic night for myself and all the other players who took part and got a wonderful victory at Manchester United because they don’t come along often.

“For our travelling fans to come up here and see us win at Old Trafford... The last time we won here I was playing with Carlos Tevez – that was 14 years ago - so it’s a pretty special night.

“This is what this game does to you. You put your boots back on and you come out and play and the boys were fantastic. Sunday night, sitting at home, I felt sick as a pig, but you wake up in the morning and you go into training and think ‘right, I’ve got to play on Wednesday and get ready for it’."

And in response to his critics, he added: "“You’re going to get knocked as a football player, I’m old enough to realise that.

"At the end of the day you’ve got to be brave enough to step up and take responsibility. I missed [the penalty on Sunday] but tonight I’ve come out at Old Trafford, one of the best places to play in the world, and I’ve enjoyed it.

“When you do get a chance you have to take it - and I think a lot of the boys [that aren’t playing regularly] did that tonight."

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