West Ham United were caught off guard by Sunderland's fast start, admits Mark Noble

Sunderland are still looking for their first win of the Premier League season, after letting a two-goal lead slip against West Ham United.

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has told London24 that Sunderland surprised him with their performance levels at the weekend.

West Ham went 2-0 down to Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light on Saturday, and Noble admits that the host's fast start caught him off guard.

The Hammers' captain wasn't expecting the Black Cats to be in such good form, but he was pleased with the way his side responded after falling behind. 

“Sunderland did surprise me a little, in spells they were very sharp," he admitted to London24. "That is what happens when you are fighting for your life, I have been there many times.

“We are still learning, we still have players who are learning how to play in this league, but we showed a lot of character to come back from 2-0 down and in the end we are disappointed that we didn’t win it.”

Sunderland have been in awful form so far this season, and are still without a win, so they will be disappointed to have failed to hold on against West Ham.

However, the point was not a bad result, considering that Slaven Bilic's side went into the game unbeaten away from home.

West Ham have been one of the Premier League's most dangerous teams so far this term, and they may feel that they missed an opportunity to beat Sunderland.

The Hammers are now in sixth place in the current standings, while Sunderland are stuck in 19th position, five points away from safety. 

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