By Will Butcher

Trevor Sinclair has rebutted a fan who criticised West Ham captain Mark Noble after a commanding performance against Watford on Saturday evening.

Sinclair asked the fan if he was joking after he’d said that Noble might have had his time with the club.

Noble, 29, remained on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes at Vicarage Road as the Hammers secured a 1-1 draw thanks to Andre Ayew’s equalising goal.

Replying to a fan on his personal Twitter account, former England international Sinclair claimed that Noble’s “passing range and and ability to keep possession was excellent”.

Noble started alongside in-form star Pedro Obiang in the middle of the park, but was staring defeat in the face from the off as Cheikhou Kouyate conceded a penalty in just the third minute.

Troy Deeney converted from the spot, but the Hammers finally equalised as Ghana international Ayew tapped in to an empty net after Michail Antonio had struck the post.

However, Antonio’s night got worse as he was sent off for a second yellow card in the 86th minute against the Hornets, which means he now misses the March 6 clash against Chelsea.

Noble will be hoping to maintain his recent good form against London rivals Chelsea in just over a week’s time, with Gareth Southgate set to announce his England squad to face Germany and Lithuania in the near future.

Former Hammers winger Sinclair, who is now a renowned television and radio pundit, turned out 206 times in all competitions during his five-year spell at Upton Park.

In other West Ham news, fans have reacted to Kouyate’s performance on Twitter after being named to play out of position at right-back.

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