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.”