Mark Noble sends touching message to West Ham fans on Twitter

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has proved he has not lost touch with reality after sending a heartfelt message to the club's fans on Twitter.

The Hammers ended a sequence of eight games without a win when they came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 at Upton Park last time out.

Noble has described it as the club's biggest win of the season so far.

That is some statement given the scalps his side have already taken including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City away from home and Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground.

Eighth is no mean feat

Slaven Bilic's side now sit eighth in the Premier League table at the halfway stage of the season, no mean feat given the number of injuries he has had to contend with over the last couple of months.

While West Ham's improved squad had a huge part to play in making sure the club did not go into freefall after losing seven first team starters to various injuries, the club's special fans did too.

Hammers supporters, renowned for being some of the most knowledgeable around, stuck by their team throughout their winless run and were rewarded against the Saints.

And as the East Londoners prepare to usher in the new year by welcoming Liverpool to Upton Park, skipper Noble has sent a heartfelt message to the fans on social networking site Twitter.

'Team spirit and hard work'

Showing he has not lost touch with the realities facing the modern day football fan, homegrown Hammer Noble said: "Team spirit and hard work, biggest win of the season so far, thank you for all the money you have spent over Christmas to support us!"

Homegrown Hammer stays grounded

Noble's simple message highlights just why the club's fans appreciate and relate to him so much. Christmas is an expensive time for families as it is, so a trip to the football is a real treat and Hammers fans have been there in great numbers home and away.

The midfielder is not actually having the best of seasons on the pitch.

His place in the side has been questioned in recent months with Bilic having an array of options at his disposal.

But Noble always gives 100% and even when he is not playing to his best influences the team as any good skipper should do.

If anything summed Noble up it was his brilliant thumping sliding tackle in the last second of the game against the Saints.

He was recently granted a testimonial after 10 years' service to the club which will be played in March.

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