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West Ham’s Nobes: Sending me off would have been laughable

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 October 2015

Sunderland's Jeremain Lens is shown a red card during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Sunderland's Jeremain Lens is shown a red card during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

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Hammers captain insists he was never worried at the prospect of a second yellow card on Saturday at Sunderland

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet (centre) is congratulated by teammates after scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.West Ham United's Dimitri Payet (centre) is congratulated by teammates after scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

West Ham skipper Mark Noble described the prospect of being sent off at Sunderland on Saturday as ‘laughable’ as the Hammers came from behind to draw 2-2 with a Black Cat side reduced to 10 men.

Noble was booked right at the start of the game by card-happy referee Neil Swarbrick, who seemed to create a rod for his own back by booking so many players in the first half.

Noble was yellow-carded after just two minutes for what looked a pretty innocuous challenge on half way and after Jeremain Lens received a second yellow after the break to reduce the home side to 10-men, there then appeared a golden chance for the referee to even things up when Fabio Borini crashed into Noble.

The skipper, who is now one booking away from a suspension, insisted he was never worried about the prospect of going off.

Mark Noble, West Ham United.Mark Noble, West Ham United.

“No chance,” smiled the Canning Town-born Hammer. “He made a good decision. Borini had lost control and just ran into me, it would have been a bit harsh if he had sent me off for that.”

At the time, Noble was perhaps not so sure as he put his hands on his head, before pleading his case with Swarbrick. He had been sent off for two yellows at Liverpool earlier in the season, but this time he was spared it.

“It is happening a lot lately, but even with the first yellow, the lad has cut across me and dived on the floor and I haven’t touched him.

“For this one, it wasn’t really a heart in the mouth moment as it would have been a completely laughable decision, so I wasn’t worried at all.”

Of course not!

Noble was full of praise for the way the team dug themselves out of trouble at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, aided by Carl Jenkinson’s first goal for the club.

“’Jenko’s’ goal was massive,” he said. “It was 2-1 then and obviously Sunderland start to feel the nerves.

“But we made another mistake for a goal. I made one last week which cost a goal and ‘Dimi’ has made one this week, but we have dug each other out.

“Sunderland did surprise me a little, in spells they were very sharp. That is what happens when you are fighting for your life, I have been there many times.

“We are still learning, we still have players who are learning how to play in this league, but we showed a lot of character to come back from 2-0 down and in the end we are disappointed that we didn’t win it.”

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