Mark Noble confident West Ham can progress against Birkirkara

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble claims several players in the club's squad are still unfit.

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has suggested on the club’s official website that the side just need to get the job done when they take on Birkirkara in the Europa League qualifying game tomorrow.

The Hammers have a slender 1-0 lead ahead of the second leg, thanks to a late James Tomkins goal in the first game between the sides at Upton Park.

The club would have ideally liked a more comfortable cushion ahead of the second leg, but Noble has suggested that with a predominantly unfit squad, the main aim for the club is just to get the job done.

“Last Thursday was only our second game we've played in pre-season, so we're still unfit really and it was good to get the win. I know it was a late goal from Tonks, but they made it difficult for us,” he told

“They were enthusiastic, they ran about a lot, but we got the win which was the most important thing and now we've got to go out there and try to finish the job.”

Best approach for Bilic and West Ham

Bilic would ideally like to see a slick and comfortable performance but with Birkirkara not out of the tie, it’s going to be very difficult for the Hammers tomorrow night.

They need to take a common sense approach into the game and just find a way to protect their advantage, ideally building on it at some point during the game.

West Ham will have to take some pressure but they can still back themselves to have enough quality to win the individual battles all over the pitch, which makes a difference over the course of any 90 minute contest.

The ideal scenario for Bilic is a solid win and no fresh injury worries.

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