Captain Mark Noble has his say on lack of recognition for West Ham

Mark Noble

All the talk has been about Tottenham Hotspur but Mark Noble has given his verdict on a lack of recognition for his high-flying West Ham United side.

The Hammers are fifth in the Premier League table and one point off the Champions League places after winning 3-1 away at Bournemouth in midweek.

It was a fourth win in a row for Slaven Bilic's side in all competitions and extended the club's unbeaten run to eight games.

That is despite a glut of injuries to seven key first team players and amid a lot of media hype about the likes of Spurs, Leicester City and Stoke City who are all enjoying impressive seasons of their own.

Spurs have even been talked about as potential title contenders but West Ham's form has barely registered in some quarters.

While Bilic is probably quite happy for his side to be out of the limelight as they quietly go about mounting a surprise bid for a Champions League spot, some supporters - and co-owner David Gold in particular - are not.

Hammers fans have been bemoaning a lack of coverage and recognition for their high-flying team on the likes of BBC's Match of the Day and from pundits in general.

In fact Gold has been so incensed he has recently taken to Twitter to lambast the BBC and one of their pundits Mark Lawrenson.

Lawrenson has predicted 15 defeats and just two wins for the Hammers this season - which would have left them second bottom of the Premier League rather than fifth.

'Over the moon'

But despite the lack of recognition, Noble has told the club's official website he is more than happy to go under the radar.

“We are going to keep working hard, keep putting points on the board," the homegrown Hammer told

"We are over the moon that no-one is talking about us and talking about the other teams.

"Hopefully, we are going to keep creeping up table.”

If West Ham can produce another away win on the road to Newcastle United on Saturday it could push them above rivals Tottenham into fourth place.

And if that happens Noble's team will find themselves very much in the spotlight as we approach the business end of this most open of Premier League seasons.

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