West Ham United earned a valuable three points against Fulham yesterday.

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini spoke to reporters in the aftermath of his side’s superb 2-0 win away at Fulham on Saturday, and responded when asked why he took Mark Noble offer after 62 minutes at Craven Cottage, as quoted by Football.London.

The Hammers have now won four Premier League games in a row, and they currently sit in ninth position in the table, just two points adrift of sixth placed Manchester United.

Noble, 31, has actually played a key role for West Ham this season, and has been in much better form than he was last term.

Pellegrini substituted the Canning Town-born midfielder with more than half an hour still to go against Fulham, however, bringing on Pedro Obiang in his place.

The Chilean spoke to reporters, and explained the change, responding when asked whether the West Ham skipper picked up an injury, as quoted by Football.London:

“No, it was because of his yellow card, I think it was a risk for him to continue when Fulham was trying to plat more attacking. At that moment I thought it was right to change him for Obiang and I think Pedro did really well.”

Next up for West Ham is a home game against Watford on Saturday, and Pellegrini will be confident that his side can make it five consecutive league wins.

The Hornets will be far from a pushover, however, and the Hammers will have to be on their very best form, if they are to take three points from the contest.

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