Winston Reid praises West Ham United team-mate Mark Noble

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The duo have played together at West Ham United for six years.

Speaking to West Ham's official website, Winston Reid praised team-mate Mark Noble and insisted that the midfielder deserves every bit of acclaim he's been receiving as of late.

The 28-year-old has been in fine form for the Hammers this season as Slaven Bilic's side mount serious challenges for both Champions League qualification and an FA Cup title.

Noble, whose testimonial comes on Monday night following his 10-year service, has played a big role in the campaign and there were question marks as to why he was not rewarded with a first England call-up last week.

And Reid, who has played alongside him for six years, was unequivocal in his assertion that the local lad "thoroughly deserves" the widespread praise, given his affection and commitment to the East London club.

“Mark thoroughly deserves everything that he’s getting. There are not many players that stay with the same team for this long, but Mark’s from the area and he’s been here all his life," he told West Ham's site.

“I hope he enjoys the game. I’m sure he’s been through some difficult times during the years he’s been at West Ham, but now especially with this good season, you can see how much it really means to him.

“When we were promoted from the play-offs [together], it was a special moment for everyone connected with the Club but you could see the relief on his face, and that was a great moment.”


The Irons are fifth in the table, one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City as the race to secure a top-four finish hots up.

They also prepare for the visit of Manchester United next month for an FA Cup quarter-final replay, having drawn 1-1 at Old Trafford earlier this month.

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