Mark Noble hails West Ham teammate Dimitri Payet after Frenchman shines in weekend comeback

West Ham - Upton Park: Boleyn Ground

The playmaker was instrumental in the Hammers' draw with Norwich on Saturday.

Mark Noble has heaped praise upon West Ham teammate Dimitri Payet after the Frenchman was instrumental in inspiring the Hammers to come from 2-0 down to earn a draw against Norwich on Saturday, the Daily Star reports.

The 28-year-old recently became the Irons' highest paid player in history after signing a new contract worth £125,000 a week (via Star), and he celebrated the new deal by scoring one and setting up another against the Canaries. And the recipient of the lay-off that led to the equaliser discussed the impact that Payet has had on the side. 

"You play better when you play with good players and he is very good," Noble told the Star.

"He's set a very high standard for himself so far and there's a lot of pressure on him now to keep it up, after the new contract and everything.

"If it had been anyone else but Dimi I would probably not have made a run almost from the half way line to get on the end of it.

"But with Dimi you know that he is going to see your run and he laid the ball on perfectly for me. So all I had to do was concentrate on striking the ball well."

While Slaven Bilic will have undoubtedly been disappointed to see his side concede two goals within 20 minutes of the break at Carrow Road, he would have been delighted with the fighting spirit that his side showed, especially as it came just days after they played 120 minutes against Liverpool in the FA Cup.

As Noble suggests, that fighting spirit is arguably based on the fact that the Hammers squad know that if they can get players like Payet on the ball, they have the ability to make the difference and get the side back into the game. 

The former Marseille man appears to be a couple of moves ahead of the opposition, and perhaps his own teammates at times, as he proved during Saturday's clash. For the equaliser, he held off using the ball until Noble had made his run from deep, something that clearly caught Alex Neil's men off guard as they appeared to be expecting a cross to come in across the six-yard box.

And that ability to make something happen that catches the opposition by surprise will surely help the club in their attempt to stay at the business end of the Premier League table and perhaps get into Europe next season. 

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