Tottenham display proves West Ham can qualify for Europe, says Mark Noble

Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Mark Noble

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble believes the club can still qualify for Europe.

It's difficult to gauge how West Ham United should feel right now, given the ending to Sunday's game against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Hammers went into the game in torrid form having won just once in the previous eight games, but produced a great display at White Hart Lane.

Goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho handed West Ham a 2-0 lead, and with ten minutes to play, it seemed like manager Sam Allardyce would be leaving North London with all three points.

Yet after a fluke Danny Rose goal and a late strike from Harry Kane, West Ham managed to throw the game away and only earn a 2-2 draw.

As deflating as that was, it was a much improved performance from the 4-0 FA Cup loss to West Bromwich Albion just a week earlier.

Vice-captain Mark Noble spoke to the West Ham official website after the game, and believes that if they can replicate their performance at White Hart Lane over the course of the final weeks of the season, they can qualify for Europe.

"To be 2-0 up and not win is massively disappointing but I still think we played well," said Noble. "We put a lot of effort into the Manchester United game and then had nine men for 20 minutes away at Southampton, West Brom was one game too many really."

"But today was much better, we showed what we can do when we're all fully fit. If we play like that for the rest of the season we still have a great chance of Europe," he added.

A top four place would be unlikely for the Hammers considering that they currently lie eight points behind fourth placed Manchester United, so the Champions League is an unlikely aspiration.

They are also six points off a Europa League place, so they will need to turn draws into wins in the coming weeks, especially having also conceded a late equaliser against Manchester United earlier this month.

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