West Ham United's Mark Noble in action
It is fair to say that life at the Olympic Stadium has not got off to the best of starts for West Ham United. Following their second Europa League disappointment in as many years the Hammers went on a miserable run of form that saw them lingering down near the relegation zone after the first few games of the season.
Thankfully they managed to break that streak at the weekend with a victory over Crystal Palace, and as reported by the Evening Standard, midfielder Mark Noble has commented on how well his side played.
The 29-year-old has been on the books at West Ham since 2000, even having his own testimonial in one of the last ever games at the Boleyn Ground. Now, however, he is fully focused on the task at hand which is to turn his club's season around and prove that their stature warranted the move to the Olympic Stadium.
“I thought we were tremendous,” Noble said to Evening Standard.
West Ham United's Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring their first goal with Mark Noble
“They’ve got big players like Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke up front, but I thought our defence did a magnificent job, they dealt with them incredibly, it’s a top, top win for us.
“I said in an interview the other day that everyone here really does care, and I think we showed that. We looked at how Palace play and everything goes through Benteke so we knew we had to deal with that threat. Cheik [Cheikhou Kouyate] is great in the air, then alongside Reidy [Winston Reid] and Angelo [Ogbonna], obviously Cress [Aaron Cresswell] back in the side, we played like a proper team.”
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic before the game
Despite early pressure on manager Slaven Bilic it seems as if the club's fortunes are slowing starting to turn.
Noble and company will hope that they can build up some momentum now as they prepare for a winnable run of games over the next few weeks against the likes of Sunderland, Everton and Stoke City.
General view of the West Ham emblem on the side of the stadium before the match hammersos