Don't panic Captain Noble! West Ham skipper eyes home comforts
PUBLISHED: 10:36 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:36 06 March 2018
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‘Nothing has changed’ insists shellshocked Noble after Swansea drubbing
Don’t panic! That was the familiar cry of Corporal Jones in Dad’s Army in moments of stress and Captain Noble adopted the same stance after Saturday’s humbling defeat at Swansea City.
“I wouldn’t say it’s damaging because this is the Premier League and these results can happen,” said the West Ham captain after the 4-1 drubbing.
“This leaves us in the same boat as everyone else really. We’re all fighting to get out of that bottom three and I think it’s going to go down to the wire. We’ve just got to win games.”
That, of course, is true, but after back-to-back 4-1 defeats, it seems that the momentum is against the Hammers at the moment.
Brighton, Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Swansea have all won games recently, while West Ham have now conceded the joint most goals in the Premier League – only Stoke City are as leaky in defence.
Noble and midfield partner Cheikhou Kouyate have certainly struggled in the last two games.
Against Liverpool you may expect it, but against struggling Swansea, the fact the duo were second best, was alarming.
“Nothing seemed to go right and it was one of those games where if something could have gone wrong, it went wrong,” admitted Noble. “We’ve spoken in the dressing room and we need to put this behind us as there is no point dwelling on it.
“It was a bad result and a bad performance, but we’ve got nine more games and we need to pick points up.”
The players may not want to dwell on this match, but the fans certainly will. They travelled through hazardous conditions to reach the Liberty Stadium, only to see a calamitous display.
Fellow Hammers fan Noble was quick to praise them, adding: “I can’t believe how many fans turned up, to be honest.
“We drove through the snow on Friday and it took us just under seven hours to get here on a coach, but it was a poor performance from us.
“They know we appreciate them coming here, especially me, and that’s West Ham fans for you; they’re always going to be here in numbers cheering and they didn’t deserve what happened.”
With road trips over for now, it is back to the London Stadium for what looks like two must-win games against Burnley and Southampton.
“We need to get back to basics,” said Noble. “We’ve got two home games coming up which are key to our season, so we need to get some wins there.”
They do and if anyone can inspire the team, it is the captain.
But more performances like this one and he will be more akin to the bumbling Captain Mainwaring from Dad’s Army and then we can all start to panic.