West Ham United captain Mark Noble has urged everyone connected with the club to “stick together” as they battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League (via @whufc.co.uk).
The 32-year-old was speaking following the Hammers’ disappointing 4-1 defeat against Leicester City on Wednesday, a result which left them outside the bottom three on goal difference (BBC Sport).
Noble, who scored West Ham’s only goal at the King Power from the penalty spot, refused to be too downbeat after the result and insisted that there was still plenty of time to turn things around. Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “There is still a long way to go and there are still a lot of points to play for and this game and this league changes so often, so we’ll stick at it. We’ve got a tough three or four weeks coming up but we need to stick together.”
It has certainly been a tough campaign for the Irons, who sacked Manuel Pellegrini back in December following a run of nine defeats in 12 matches (BBC Sport). They turned to David Moyes to get them out of trouble, but so far the Scot has failed to turn things around with just one win in his four league matches in charge (Transfermarkt).
The response from fans to Noble’s comments have been quite negative. Indeed many responded by slating him and the rest of the team for not performing and insisted that it was simply not good enough. Here is what some had to say on Twitter…
Stick together has not happened for the whole of season so far .
This is a joke
— Damion Waters (@WatersDamion) January 23, 2020
If there are points to play for why aren’t we playing for them? At this point all we’re doing is turning up and rolling over
— GW (@George_Willis01) January 23, 2020
The boards mouth piece has spoken, the next thing he will say something about us not being a circus anymore….
— Jay83 (@Jay8320) January 23, 2020
But you’re not together @Noble16Mark You’re playing like strangers, there’s no fight, no passion, no work rate. The vast majority just don’t seem to care. The fans are united, the team name is united. It’s a pity the squad doesn’t seem to be.
— Dabe1971 (@dabe1971) January 23, 2020
My respect for this man diminishes a little more every time he comes out with the “we need to stick together” speech.
No Mr Noble, you need to step aside, your time is done, it was superb, but now you need to be encouraging the team from the touch line.
— PeterWright⚒ (@peterwright67) January 23, 2020
— Andy Hall (@AndyHal16633573) January 23, 2020
Not good enough zMark.
— Lynne Cannell (@cannell_lynne) January 23, 2020
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