West Ham captain Mark Noble shows us the yin to Diego Costa’s yang

Upton Park

The Hammers midfielder is a great example of how the game should be played.

On Saturday, Mark Noble was heralded as some sort of minor hero for forcing team-mate Carl Jenkinson to his feet as West Ham United played down the clock in the final minutes of their impressive 2-1 away victory against Manchester City.

Three days later, his manager was left fuming when the Hammers captain was booked for a dive after being fouled by Danny Simpson as Leicester City knocked West Ham out of the Capital One Cup.

That came on the same day that it emerged Noble is the most fouled player so far this Premier League season - reported by The Daily Mirror - ahead of Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and everyone else.

Sure, he was sent off against Liverpool for a foul on Danny Ings – but let’s not forget that was overturned by the FA after the midfielder questioned if it was even bad enough to merit a yellow card.

What’s the point of all this?

Simply for a breath of fresh air in a week marked by unsporting antics at Stamford Bridge in the clash between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Morality in the Premier League is as relative as everywhere else. Too often, we focus on the bad without acknowledging the good.

But for every Diego Costa, there is a Mark Noble, attempting to play the game in a way that can do his club proud.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch