Mark Noble suggests what draw at Chelsea says about West Ham

Mark Noble

The Hammers skipper says the club are proving they no longer have any fear about travelling to the homes of "big clubs".

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has told the club's official website that the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday is the latest result to prove that they no longer hold any fear over travelling to the home grounds of the Premier League's big guns.

The Hammers came within minutes of adding the defending champions to their list of scalps on their travels this season before Cesc Fabregas' late penalty salvaged a draw for the hosts.

Slaven Bilic's side have enjoyed success on the road this term, particularly in the early months of the campaign, and have beaten the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City away from home.

Noble believes that those results, and the sense of disappointment the players felt after only coming away from Stamford Bridge with a point, shows that the Irons no longer fear taking on the bigger clubs in the top flight.

He told the club's website: "It shows how far the club has come that we are coming to places like Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford and we are disappointed to only be coming away with a draw.

"You can see by the way we are playing and passing the ball and that it is a credit to the team and the players.

"We can come to these big clubs now and not have that fear factor. We fully believe that we can win. We got the point against Chelsea but we were unlucky not to come away with all three points."

Although Noble's side have not enjoyed as great success away from home in recent months as they did earlier in the campaign, they have lost just four times on the road all season long in the league.

That has been a driving force behind their success, with the Hammers currently sitting in a guaranteed Europa League spot in fifth, only a point off a place in the top four.

West Ham do not play again on their travels until the middle of next month, with three home games on the horizon after the international break.

They face Crystal Palace and Arsenal in crucial games in the hunt for Champions League qualification before welcoming Manchester United to Upton Park for their FA Cup quarter-final replay on 13 April.

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