Mark Noble explains why West Ham win over Newcastle was more important than Liverpool victory

West Ham Upton Park

The Hammers ran out 2-0 winners after a putting in a comprehensive performance on Monday night.

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has stressed the significance of Monday's victory over Newcastle United and claimed it was vital they followed up the impressive win at Anfield a fortnight ago with success at the Boleyn Ground.

“I think this game against Newcastle was more important than the Liverpool result,” Noble told whufc.com.

“We did the same against Arsenal and then lost the next home game. We didn't want to do that again and our main aim was the result rather than the performance but I think we got both on the night.”

Much has been made about the importance of this season, with the onus on the West Ham squad to ensure the club is in good shape for the Olympic Stadium move.

Initial thoughts were of ensuring Premier League survival, but the Hammers’ start to the campaign will surely have them looking forward rather than over their shoulders.

Slaven Bilic’s team currently sit in fifth place with nine points and could have been even better off were it not for disappointing slip ups against Leicester City and Bournemouth at home.

Noble has insisted that the players are aware of their responsibilities this year but won’t let the expectations overwhelm them.

“We want to keep playing the way we are, put points on the board and worry about the other stuff at the end of the season,” he said.

“As the chairmen have stated and I have said in the past, this season is one of the most important in the Club's history because we cannot go into the new Stadium as a Championship Club.

“There is a lot of pressure on the boys and the manager, but we just need to keep our feet on the floor and keep working for each other.”

The playing staff certainly seem to be working for each other on the evidence of last night’s display, and any fears of a relegation battle may well have been put to bed already.

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