Exclusive: Pundit claims West Ham star will be 'Ashamed' of himself after 'Stupid' decision
Noel Whelan claims that West Ham midfielder Mark Noble will be “ashamed” in himself for seemingly attempting to dive in the clash against Aston Villa on Monday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker says that it was out of character for the Hammers captain to try and win his side a foul despite there being no visible contact from the Aston Villa player.
The Irons and the Villans played out a 0-0 draw at Villa Park in the Monday night kick-off, West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku seeing red for two bookable offences.
However, it was the actions of the Hammers midfielder and captain which Whelan took offence to, insisting that he needs to act as a better role model for the next generation of fans and players.
Asked about Noble’s behaviour, Whelan told Football Insider: “Not great. Blatant cheating really. You’ve got young lads and young girls watching that, aspiring to be like these people and they’ve got to be better role models on the field these days. You just can’t get away with it these days, you just can’t.
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“He’ll be ashamed of that, sometimes when you’re out on the field adrenaline’s high, you do things that you wouldn’t normally do. You do stupid things out of character. That’s one thing about Mark Noble, he’s respected by every player, all of West Ham. He’ll be disappointed, he’ll be ashamed.”
Having missed the opening games of the season through injury, Noble has returned as a mainstay in Manuel Pellegrini’s side, lining up alongside Declan Rice in the middle of the park.
West Ham’s next game sees them play host to Manchester United, the Red Devils coming off the back of a Europa League victory over Astana on Thursday.