Mark Noble explains how the West Ham squad are building team spirit

West Ham's Mark Noble celebrates after the match

The Hammers captain feels that hard graft on the training pitch is bringing the team together.

West Ham's Mark Noble celebrates after the matchWest Ham's Mark Noble celebrates

Mark Noble has spoken of the excellent team spirit being created at West Ham this summer, in an interview with the club’s official website.

The Hammers have endured a mixed pre-season in terms of results, failing to win in their first four friendlies, but Noble feels the training ground is where the important work takes place.

“This is what pre-season’s all about, the Gaffer trying new things, new players coming in and trying to blend as a squad together,” said the 29-year old.

Michail Antonio celebrates with Mark Noble after scoring the second goal for West HamMichail Antonio celebrates with Mark Noble after scoring for West Ham

“It’s been great. We trained on Thursday morning and then had an afternoon off, which was nice, then we go back at it with two sessions tomorrow.

“It’s the grind of pre-season that builds team spirit. It’s out on the training pitch that you really put in the hard work and you drag each other through,” he added.

West Ham’s pre-season preparations took a turn for the worse on Saturday however, with Aaron Cresswell damaging his knee ligaments in the victory over Karlsruher leaving him facing around four months on the sidelines.

Aaron Cresswell celebrates scoring the second goal for West HamAaron Cresswell celebrates scoring for West Ham

The left-back took to social media to express his disappointment at the turn of the events and Slaven Bilic will have to lift his squad’s spirits quickly, with their first competitive game of the season just two days away.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Domzale are the opponents, as West Ham travel to Slovenia for their Europa League Third qualifying round clash on Thursday night, and they will need to improve on some disappointing pre-season performances if they are to make it into the group stages.

The Hammers failed to get through qualifying last summer and went on to enjoy a successful Premier League campaign, but the spectacle of European nights at the Olympic Stadium should be something the squad is determined to experience.

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