Mark Noble 'buzzing' for old manager Alan Pardew after ending Newcastle's good run

Alan Pardew

Noble was handed his Premier League debut by Pardew when he was manager.

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has said he is pleased that Alan Pardew has managed to turn things around at Newcastle United so far this season, after the Hammers ended their winning run by overcoming the Magpies 1-0 at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

Noble told the West Ham website: "Newcastle have been on an unbelievable run and Pards has done a fantastic job there after being under so much pressure.

"I was thinking the night before the game, would I rather Newcastle came into this match having lost four in a row, or having won six? Probably I'd go for the latter. They were a point above us in fifth and maybe a little bit of complacency can step in. We capitalised on that but credit to Newcastle, who played well, but they couldn't break us down.

"They are a good team. We were out in New Zealand with them on pre-season and you could see they have got good players. They looked a top team then and even though they had a couple of their players missing they will do well this season.

"I'm buzzing for their manager because he started my career off here by putting me in the first team and it was nice to break the record with him here as the opposing manager."

Newcastle had been on a five game winning run after a poor start to the season where they were struggling around the relegation zone - and there were fans calling for the manager to be removed from his position given the club's incredibly poor form during the calendar year.

Inevitably there is going to be a lot of goodwill from Noble towards Pardew given the influence he had on his career.

The clash with Newcastle was Mark Noble's 205th top flight game for the club, which was settled with an Aaron Cresswell goal, ensuring the Hammers stay in touch with those currently occupying the Champions League places.

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