Rewind a year back to when the Hammers lost a despairing 3-0 to Burnley at their home ground. Owing to the atmosphere during that point of time, it was without doubt one of the lowest points Mark Noble’s playing career and sent punters spiralling after what turned out to be a losing bet. In his opinion, he believes that even the fans would relay such sentiments.
However, since then, the team has seen an upward climb in terms of their performance. This has gone to such an extent that the 2-0 victory in the London Stadium over Newcastle implies that they hold the record for the best performance outside of the top 6 with pundits debating whether finishing 7th is like winning a trophy in the Premier League.
The situation has drastically improved since March 10th of last year and the fans are so much happier with the performance of the club. They’re no sure thing but they are interestingly placed to upset the bookies.
A collective effort
The welcome transformation that has come about has to be credited to the fans, the board, the players and the staff for aiding in getting the club back to winning ways and on the right track. Noble believes that the fans have such a key role to play, and when the situation in the stands is one that is harmonious, the performance of the team is also boosted.
According to him, the inauguration of the Billy Bonds Stand has also massively helped raise the odds and pushed them towards their win against Newcastle. It was an icing on the cake for a perfect weekend which consisted of a victory over Newcastle, a clean sheet, as well as Billy having a memorable day with his family.
400 games and a lot of experience
Recently, the Hammers’ captain extended his contract until 2021 and even made the decision to complete his career at the club. Including the match against Cardiff on Saturday he completed his tally of 400 games for the club. Despite a loss, the captain’s experience makes him firmly believe that their ground cannot be shaken on home turf.
Owing to the stellar record that they have been having at the London Stadium, punters are of the belief that their next home game against Huddersfield will be a cakewalk for them. For those who like a flutter you can access a bet365 free bet and place a wager on the ‘Hammers to win the match’ with the odds at 8/15; or if one wants to place a safer bet, they can do so for a draw with the odds at 14/5.
Remember when Huddersfield played West Ham back in November at the John Smiths Stadium the teams played out a 1-1 draw but things were very different back then with both teams very much trying to get their seasons up and running with some consecutive wins, which the Hammers clearly managed while the Terriers failed and lost manager David Wagner and have already been relegated for some time now.
Many memories made
Out of the 400 matches, Mark Noble has had some especially memorable ones that he has played- like the last game that was played at Upton Park or the game in 2007 at Old Trafford where Carlos Tevez netted the winning goal which effectively ensured that the spirits of the team was heightened. They have gone from a long shot to a real favourite.
In his opinion, this is definitely the strongest squad that he’s seen since his debut, but he’s also played with some of the finest players in Europe. When he was younger he was a huge fan of Joe Cole and getting to play with him in the same team was definitely one of the greatest highlights of his career.