West Ham captain wants FA Cup success for fans; praises team's character

The Hammers face Manchester United in their FA Cup quarter-final replay on Wednesday night, in what will be the last cup tie to be played at the Boleyn.

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has told the club's official website how he is desperate to give the fans a day out at Wembley.

Noble, 28, is a boyhood Hammers fan and he talked up the importance of the FA Cup replay with Manchester United ahead of their trip to league leaders Leicester City on Sunday, in an interview with whufc.com.

"Our attention is on Manchester United, as we would love to give our fans a Wembley day out," Noble said. "Then we have the potential champions in Leicester next weekend. The team spirit is great and we just need to keep on going."

West Ham have been in fine form of late, although poor refereeing decisions have cost them in their quest to reach the Champions League spots, and Noble has been a key figure in their rise up the table.

He has played 31 Premier League games for the Hammers this term, and took part in his testimonial match three weeks ago - a celebration of his 12 years service with the East London club.

Following on from West Ham's 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Saturday, Noble praised the character his side have shown, while bemoaning the small margins that are costing them victories.

“We’ve got a great bunch of lads here," he said. "We were two down against a very good Arsenal side and it is fantastic to come back to be 3-2 up. At the moment, there are small margins that are making us draw games rather than winning them.”

West Ham travel to Leicester on Sunday, as they look to gain ground in the race for Champions League football, and will be hoping to derail their host's title challenge in the process.

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