Noble appeals to angry fans

  • Last Updated: March 27 2014, 14:17 GMT

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has appealed to angry supporters to get behind the team.

Mark Noble: The West Ham midfielder has told supporters to get behind the team.
Mark Noble: The West Ham midfielder has told supporters to get behind the team.

Hammers fans booed their side off the pitch at Upton Park on Wednesday night despite witnessing a vital 2-1 win over 10-man Hull that lifted them further away from the relegation places.

Manager Sam Allardyce cupped his ear towards the jeers as he left the pitch and admitted afterwards he "couldn't believe" they were taunting him and his players.

Noble believes their display was hardly a lesson in total football but warned supporters that anxiety in the stands can resonate onto the pitch and affect their performances.

"I appreciate that we did not play our best football and that it wasn't pretty at times. More than anyone, I'm keen to get the ball down and play but sometimes it just doesn't happen for you," he said.

"On behalf of all of the players, I can say that your support really can make a difference. But I must admit the anxiety from the stands can spill onto the pitch and get into our minds, as much as we try to ignore it.

"When that happens, some players can be affected and they make mistakes that they would not normally make - and that happened last night.

"For that reason, I would ask that you give your backing to the boys because I can tell you that we are giving 100 per cent for the club. We will always perform better when we are feeling relaxed and comfortable - as you would in any job."

West Ham's win lifted them to 11th in the Premier League, nine points clear of the drop zone, and just four points short of Allardyce's 38-point target to survive.


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