West Ham looking forward to Crystal Palace clash, says captain Mark Noble

Mark Noble

The midfielder was full of praise for manager Alan Pardew, while insisting there is still work to be done for him and his side.

Speaking to the club’s official website, West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble says they are looking forward to their trip to Crystal Palace.

The Hammers have enjoyed an impressive start to the season under new manager Slaven Bilic, with big wins away from home against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City the obvious high points.

They currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, unbeaten in five games after rescuing a point against Sunderland before the international break.

Alan Pardew’s Palace side have had a similarly strong start to the season, though, meaning a keenly-contested London derby is on the cards this weekend, and Noble says you can see the impact that the Eagles boss - and former Hammers manager - has had at Selhurst Park.

“It’s a massive game for us because they’re flying high,” he told whufc.com.

“They’ve got some top players and we’ve got to go there and put in a performance. You can see what Alan Pardew’s gone in there and done. He’s a top manager – he’s proved that at Newcastle and he’s doing a great job at Palace.”

While there have been impressive performances throughout their eight games so far, the Hammers have been shown just how tough the Premier League is.

Their home form has been a disappointment, when compared to their efforts on the road, with them failing to beat newly promoted sides Norwich and Bournemouth at Upton Park, as well as losing to Leicester City.

And Noble says that there is still a lot of hard work to be done to secure a lofty finish this term, but he and the rest of the squad are looking forward to the challenge.

“There’s still a lot of hard work to be done, but we’re looking forward to it,” added Noble.

“Every game is so tough in this league and that’s what people have to realise. You don’t just go to teams and roll them over. Every team has got very good players now because there’s so much money in the game.

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