'Outstanding', 'Deserves a lot more love' – West Ham fans rave over £2.6m-a-year man v Stoke
West Ham United earned a point against Stoke City in the Premier League on Monday night with a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium
A 90th-minute late leveller from Andy Carroll, back in attack in his first game for the club since January, handed the Irons a point in a tough contest between two sides struggling at the bottom of the league.
Despite failing to take maximum points from a game where David Moyes’ side offered little in the way of an offensive threat, supporters were delighted with the performance of Mark Noble, who reportedly earns £2.6million a year in wages, and felt was outstanding again.
The 30-year-old has been a mainstay in the side since 2006 but despite being in and out of the team throughout the current campaign, he has been integral to their fightback from the brink.
Now 14th in the table, West Ham are seven points above the drop and all but mathematically certain of their Premier League status for next season.
After the draw, supporters took to Twitter to remark on Noble’s display which many considered as outstanding and that he alone was one of the main reasons behind the point they gained from the result.
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Here is a selection of Twitter responses in reaction to the player’s display:
Thought noble was brilliant last, his best all round game for a while. Very tidy!
I don’t actually think anyone was poor, but most played without any urgency.
Moyes didn’t mix it up soon enough!
— Darryl Green (@darrylgreen100) April 17, 2018
Noble played outstanding last night. I don’t see what Fernandes brings to the team other than an average guy off the bench
— ryan (@merzdeth) April 17, 2018
I thought Noble was very good – especially in the first half.
— C.C. Baxter (@ImAPatientMan) April 17, 2018
Noble was great! At the end of the day he had to look after Mario when he went forward Fernandes when he got pulled out of position and kouyate when he went into kouyates little world. Noble deserves a lot more love than what hes getting
— Chris (@chriscod1993) April 17, 2018
I agree about Noble, always moving, picking up the balls and making some clever passes. Fernandes for me was lacking creativity, lost the ball too easy and didn't do much at all. MOTM for me was Rice. Played well and developing in to a top class defender
— Mike True Claret and Blue (@MikeTrueHammer) April 17, 2018
Thought noble was brilliant, always available for a pass, played some fantastic passes himself and protected the ball wel. Thought Fernandes could have been a bit more creative and his runs have to improve as well
— Lanzini fc (@afrowanny) April 17, 2018
Agreed. Thought everyone played well except for the one error Hart made.
— COYI!!! (@Nathanbi77) April 17, 2018
In other West Ham news, £120,000-a-wk ace must never play for West Ham again, Moyes has better options in U23s.