Noble: Hammers have the spirit

The Hammers stopped a run of six straight defeats with a battling
2-2 draw at Everton last weekend, but remain just a point clear of
third-bottom Hull, who have a match in hand. Sunderland are at
Upton Park on Saturday in a game which under-pressure manager
Gianfranco Zola knows his side cannot afford to lose. Noble insists
the Irons have the right focus to secure their place in the top
flight. “None of us want to be in this situation, we are proud of
who and what we play for. We know what we have to do for the rest
of the season,” Noble said on the club’s official website. “We have
got a bit of spirit. [The point at Everton] shows we can come back.
“We are a group. We are one changing room. “Everyone is positive.
We all get on well and it is not a split camp. “We are a team and
it is the team that is going to get us out of trouble. “We have
really shown what we can do. The boys are happy, the manager is
happy but we have got another home game coming up and we have to
win that.” Midfielder Noble, however, accepts the Irons face a
difficult challenge ahead in their remaining fixtures – which
include games against Liverpool and, on the final day, Manchester
City, who are both chasing fourth spot. “We want three points and
then to go to Liverpool and give them a tough game,” he said. “We
know that Anfield is a tough place, but we got a point there last
year and can do it again.”