94% Pass Accuracy, 8 Ball Recoveries, West Ham star Mark Noble shines despite loss

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West Ham midfielder Mark Noble impressed despite West Ham's loss to Southampton.

There were very few West Ham players able to come away from their clash at Southampton who could be satisfied with their performance.

The Hammers were disappointing in the 1-0 defeat, but one player who could hold his head high was midfield maestro Mark Noble.

Noble was making a landmark 350th appearance for the club, and given the defeat it is an occasion he would probably rather not dwell on.

Yet in midfield he was excellent, recording a pass completion rate of 94 per cent, and winning the ball back a crucial eight times for his team.

Passing AccuracyInterception WonEffective ClearanceDuel WonTackles AccuracyAerial WonBall RecoveryDispossessedMins Played
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Disappointingly he was unsuccessful in his tackling, nor did he record any interceptions, but he was not dispossed either, and his contribution was enough to underline just why it is so ridiculous he has been overlooked at least one cap for the England national team over the years.

Noble has his testimonial at the end of the season in what will be the final game at Upton Park before the club move into the Olympic Stadium, but there is plenty to play for between now and then.

Manchester United's dropped points at Chelsea means despite West Ham's loss they are just two points back from fifth place, although Southampton's win takes the Saints to within two points of Slaven Bilic's sixth placed side.

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