'Needs to change' - Mark Noble responds to alarming West Ham stat on Twitter
By Will Butcher
Mark Noble has urged his West Ham teammates to end a long-standing stat by winning without him in the middle of the park against Everton on Saturday.
The Hammers captain picked up his tenth yellow card during the 1-0 against Swansea, which sees him receive a two-match ban for the matches against Sunderland and Everton.
Missing the 2-2 draw against Sunderland, the 29-year-old is desperate to see his side win without him for the first time in the Premier League for 847 days.
Replying to a fan on his personal Twitter account, the uncapped English midfielder claimed that “needs to change” against Everton on Saturday as the Hammers play host to the Toffees.
— EdCowan (@edclairecowan) April 16, 2017
— MARK NOBLE (@Noble16Mark) April 16, 2017
West Ham were close to ending their drought without Noble against David Moyes’ side, before the Black Cats equalised in injury time against the Hammers to earn a point.
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It kept the Hammers in 13th place in the Premier League, and only nine points above the relegation zone in England’s top flight.
The east London outfit have won just one of their last nine league outings, as they fail to replicate the successes of last season’s seventh-placed finish that saw them qualify for the Europa League.
Three points for under-fire manager Slaven Bilic, without his captain Noble on Saturday, will see the Hammers climb to 10th in the league if results go their way.
In other West Ham news, this experienced England international is set to sign a new deal.