Frank McAvennie defends Mark Noble from criticism on Twitter, blames Kevin Nolan

The former West Ham man has had his say on the midfield pair.

Ex-West Ham United man Frank McAvennie has defended midfielder Mark Noble from supporter criticism on Twitter, instead blaming Kevin Nolan for the effect he has on his team-mates.

The Hammers duo started the east London side's Europa League qualifying clash last night and struggled for form as West Ham only just managed a narrow 1-0 victory at the Boleyn Ground.

But McAvennie feels Noble plays better when 33-year-old Nolan isn't around.

Indeed, when the pair were criticised by a supporter on Twitter, the former West Ham man responded in defence of Noble.

It remains to be seen whether Nolan stays at Upton Park next season, with the 33-year-old continuing to play a part in proceedings at West Ham for now.

Fans appear to have grown very tired of the midfielder, however, and the London Evening Standard recently suggested West Ham will attempt to offload the veteran to Queens Park Rangers in part-exchange for striker Charlie Austin.

Slaven Bilic may have his own midfield plans, of course, while new signings may yet take up Nolan's place in the middle of the park.

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