West Ham's good start to the season is down to the fact there is no blame game says skipper Mark Noble

Mark Noble

Mark Noble says the fact there is no blame game culture at West Ham United has helped the club get off to an impressive start under Slaven Bilic.

It was all change at the Hammers in the summer with Sam Allardyce departing after four years at Upton Park.

He was replaced by Bilic who co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold backed significantly in the transfer market, sanctioning moves for no fewer than 12 players.

Club captain Kevin Nolan then departed and Noble, a lifelong Hammer, was handed the honour.

The Hammers have beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on the road this season and remain unbeaten on their travels after fighting back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Sunderland on Saturday.

The result leaves West Ham sixth in the Premier League table after eight games and fans are delighted with their new attacking style of play.

'We bail each other out'

Now, speaking to West Ham's official website, Noble says one of the reasons for their good start is because Bilic has got the culture just right with nobody pointing fingers when things aren't going to plan.

Citing the last two games against Sunderland and Norwich City as examples – where mistakes from Noble and his midfield teammate Dimitri Payet led to goals for the opposition – Noble lifted the lid on the team spirit Bilic has fostered.

“We made another mistake for a goal (against Sunderland), I made a mistake last week (against Norwich) and Dimi's made one this week, but we've bailed each other out, we got a result a last week and this week as well," Noble told whufc.com.

“We keep the unbeaten run going, that's the most important thing.

"We've got Palace away and then Chelsea at home, so a couple of tough games coming up.

"We're all in it together and that's the main thing. That's why we're getting results away from home."

Irons have an inner steel

It is not just the wins on the road that have personified West Ham's team spirit, though.

Their never say die attitude and improved fitness levels under Bilic have been on display in games where they haven't quite managed to turn things around to get the result they wanted.

The Hammers may have lost at home to both Leicester City and Bournemouth but in both games the Irons came storming back and were ultimately unlucky to end on the losing side.

Then against Norwich, they were twice trailing but dug in and kept going to the death, getting their reward when Chiekhou Kouyate got a last gasp equaliser.

So it was no surprise when they came from 2-0 down after 21 minutes to draw in the North East at the weekend.

And they could even have snatched the win late on if Nikica Jelavic had converted from three yards out.

The most encouraging thing for Hammers fans this season is that not only have they showed what an attacking force they are but also that they have the mentality to dig in and get results when things aren't going all their own way.

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