Mark Noble believes West Ham have got to show heart in the last weeks of the season.
A 2-0 loss to Manchester City meant that the Hammers have won just two games in 2015, and Noble has told the official West Ham website what must be shown in the last weeks of the season.
“We’ve got QPR next week and we’ve got to play a lot better,” the midfielder said. “Against a team that’s fighting for their lives, we know it’s going to be a tough game. The crowd’s going to be up for it. We need to go there with some heart and try to get a result.”
After starting the season in such style and sitting comfortably in the top four at Christmas, the Hammers have endured a torrid 2015, with just two victories to their name. Although a loss at Man City should not be criticised, it has been avoidable results against teams far worse than West Ham which have really cost the team.
It is also the nature of so many of these results, with late goals being conceded at such a regular rate that they have become almost unavoidable. Points were dropped to Stoke and Leicester due to goals inside the final minutes, and the Hammers players look devoid of any confidence heading into the final weeks of the season.
It is the need to show heart and character that Noble highlights that has become so necessary as the campaign draws to a close. Relegation is not a possibility due to a strong start to the term, but dropping out the top 10 now looks likely, and that would represent a dreadful placing after their mid-season European ambitions.
Fans and players alike will be keen to see this late season slide stop in the coming weeks, and they have the best possible chance against relegation strugglers QPR this coming weekend.