Crooks explains why he was impressed with West Ham's Mark Noble

Mark Noble

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has explained what impressed him about West Ham midfielder Mark Noble last weekend.

Former Manchester United and Tottenham player Garth Crooks piled the praise onto West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, when he spoke to the BBC.

Crooks suggested that while Noble saw red in the win against Liverpool, his performance in the middle of Slaven Bilic’s team was noteworthy because of the gutsy way he looked to get stuck in and take control of proceedings.

“The West Ham skipper had a fabulous game. He never stopped competing, but his team's magnificent victory over Liverpool was sullied by referee Kevin Friend's poor judgment,” Crooks told the BBC.

“We all make mistakes - I just hope Friend recognises his error and puts it right. This player doesn't deserve to miss any more match time for a perfectly clean tackle.”

Good judgement from Bilic

Noble is at a stage in his career where he’s lost a lot of the pace and dynamism he had in his earlier days, but what he does have is the valuable commodity of experience.

Bilic deserves a pat on the back for knowing when to throw him into the team with a very specific role, which was to make life uncomfortable for the Reds with his aggression and full-on attitude.

The next generation of West Ham midfielders is there and they are coming up through the ranks with Reece Oxford being a good example.

However, there’s always going to be a need for that older, more experienced head and hopefully, the red card he received will be the only piece of bad luck he gets this season.

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