Zola needs time to build team - Noble

PUBLISHED: 17:14 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG MARK NOBLE has asked West Ham fans to remain patient with new boss Gianfranco Zola after admitting that the Italian s Upton Park revolution could take years to yield positive results. The Hammers slumped to a second successive league de


MARK NOBLE has asked West Ham fans to remain patient with new boss Gianfranco Zola after admitting that the Italian's Upton Park revolution could take years to yield positive results.

The Hammers slumped to a second successive league defeat at Hull City last weekend and memories of the team's positive start under Zola are rapidly fading.

The West Ham manager has promised to deliver an entertaining brand of attacking football to Upton Park.

But despite dominating possession at the KC Stadium, the Hammers failed to create enough clear-cut chances as Michael Turner's 50th-minute header lifted Hull to third in the Premier League table.

With back-to-back matches against Arsenal and Manchester United up next, the club's supporters have started to question whether Zola's new-look 4-3-3 formation offers the best hope of getting results.

But Hammers midfielder Noble insists the club must keep faith in Zola's methods, despite conceding that the fans could be in for a long wait before the manager realises his vision of a winning West Ham team playing stylish football.

He said: "The new system is working but obviously it's going to be a slow process.

"It's not going to work over a few months, it's going to be a couple of years before he finally gets it going.

"You've just got to keep doing what you're doing, working hard and hopefully that time will come.

"We felt we should have won at Hull. In the first half, especially, the way we played and kept the ball, the way we passed it - we should have won the game and had it wrapped up with the chances we had. But we

didn't and we got punished."

England Under-21 star Noble has had to adapt his own role in the team since Zola replaced Alan Curbishley last month and now operates as part of a three-man midfield alongside Scott Parker and Valon Behrami.

The 21-year-old admits he enjoys the greater freedom to get forward in support of the team's attacking players, but he warned that greater discipline will be required in the upcoming games against two of the Premier League's Big Four.

"I'm really enjoying my role in the new system," Noble said. "Then again, it's only enjoyable if you're winning. We haven't in the last two games so you can't laugh and smile about it.

"We've got 12 points from our opening eight matches and it's not enough. We thought we should have won last week [against Bolton] as well, and again at Hull we felt we should have taken the three points.

"But it hasn't happened and now we've got Arsenal and Man United in the next two games so we've got a big job to try and do our best to get some points out of them.

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