Noble's comments show rising expectations at West Ham

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Mark Noble says that he is 'a little bit gutted' about West Ham United's draw with Aston Villa.

It is an example of West Ham United's current optimistic climate that Mark Noble says he was 'gutted' not to have beaten Aston Villa at home in their last fixture.

The Hammers have been in fine form this season, climbing into the top four at this early stage, but they were not able to get the three points against Villa on Saturday.

Despite a lot of pressure from the hosts, the Claret and Blue held out to grab a 0-0 draw and Noble has highlighted the change of the mentality at the Boleyn Ground by stating that he was very disappointed only to collect a point from the fixture. 

"We're a little bit gutted if we're honest," he admitted to the club's official site. "We played well enough to win the three points and created enough chances to score goals but sometimes it doesn't go for you.

"Villa got that little bit of luck on Saturday that nothing quite hit the back of the net for us, but we're in good form, we got another point and are fourth in the league.

"We keep picking up points and it's another clean sheet so it's looking good for us."

There's more excitement in the air at the East London club than there has been for some time due to their excellent displays over the opening part of the season.  

Talk is already emerging about the possibility of the Hammers making it into a European place and, given the poor form from a number of other clubs so far, it does not seem an impossibility.

Sam Allardyce's men have played with a style which has not been associated with them under his stewardship previously and it seems to be benefiting the side hugely.

Given more licence to be expressive in possession, there is a real attacking threat in the team nowadays and they appear to be able to compete with any side in the division. 

The international break is likely to be a frustrating period for the side, as they would have been hoping to build on their increasing momentum, but when they do return they will be determined to pick up where they left off. 

Allardyce's side's next fixture comes against an fast-improving Everton team and they will need to be at their very best if they are to consolidate their position in the top four by collecting the three points.

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