Cherish him... Matthew Etherington sends message to fans about West Ham United captain Mark Noble

Matthew Etherington of West Ham celebrates after scoring the third goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at Upton Park on...

West Ham United came from 2-0 down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 on Wednesday night.

West Ham captain Mark Noble celebrates by throwing his shirt to the crowd after the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on...West Ham captain Mark Noble celebrates by throwing his shirt to the crowd after the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match against Tottenham Hotspur

Former West Ham United winger Matthew Etherington has taken to Twitter to claim that Hammers fans need to cherish captain Mark Noble after his performance against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Hammers travelled to Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night in search of a big result, having lost 3-0 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday, but they looked to be heading for defeat against their London rivals in their Carabao Cup tie.

Goals from Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli had Spurs 2-0 up before half time, but Andre Ayew grabbed two quick second half goals to draw West Ham level.

West Ham United's English midfielder Mark Noble (2R) confronts Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Danny Rose (L), Tottenham Hotspur's Welsh defender Ben Davies (2L) and Tottenham Hotspur'...West Ham United's English midfielder Mark Noble

West Ham then pulled off the unthinkable, as Angelo Ogbonna headed home Manuel Lanzini's corner to give Slaven Bilic's men the lead, completing a stunning fightback to send the Hammers into the last eight of the Carabao Cup.

Manager Bilic certainly needed that win after the humiliation at the hands of Brighton, and he will be hoping for another strong display when West Ham take on Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

A number of West Ham players enjoyed strong second half performances, and former Hammers winger singled out captain Mark Noble out for praise after the final whistle at Wembley.

Matthew Etherington of West Ham celebrates after scoring the third goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at Upton Park on...Matthew Etherington

The midfielder isn't always loved by West Ham fans, many of whom feel that Noble is past his best, but he was the heartbeat of the side for Wednesday's incredible turnaround, prompting praise from former teammate Etherington.

Etherington branded Noble 'superb', hailing him for leading by example and summing up everything West Ham are about, whilst telling fans to cherish him rather than criticise him so heavily.

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