Mark Noble explains why Premier League rivals' success is ideal for West Ham

The Hammers captain says the surprise seasons of Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City mean that his side are happily under the radar.

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has told the club's official website that the success of Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City is ideal for the club because it is allowing them to remain under the radar whilst climbing the table.

The Hammers moved to within just a single point of place in the Premier League's top four and a Champions League qualifying spot with a 1-0 victory over second-place Spurs at Upton Park on Wednesday night.

That was the latest result in a remarkable run of form for the Irons under Slaven Bilic, with the Londoners having lost just two of their last 19 matches in all competitions since late November.

That streak has seen the club launch a serious and sustained push for the European spot, and Noble insists that it suits his side just fine for Spurs and leaguer leaders Leicester City to be stealing all the headlines.

The 28-year-old told the club's website: "Tottenham and Leicester are both having amazing seasons and we are going under the radar.

"That's the way we like it. We will keep grinding away and working hard and we are going to enjoy the Tottenham victory.

“We have got another tough away day when we face Everton on Saturday but we obviously go into the game with a lot of confidence."

The Hammers are on track for their best top-flight finish in 17 years, since they ended the 1998-99 season in fifth place under Harry Redknapp.

In fact, that is the only time in the last 30 years that the Irons have finished inside the top six in the highest division of English football.

Noble's side face a tricky trip to Goodison Park to take on an improving Everton on Saturday as they look to cement their challenge for a European spot.

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