West Ham captain Mark Noble says he didn’t believe the Hammers were capable of coming back from 2-0 down against Tottenham yesterday evening.
The 30 year old believes that the squad have not put in performances recently which would suggest that such a fight back was possible. When asked about whether he expected a comeback, he was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:
“In all honesty, no. Do I believe in this team? Yes. Do I believe in these players? Yes.But 2-0 down here against a fantastic Spurs side is, not just for us, for any team, a massive, massive mountain to climb.”
Noble said the second half display showed the players cared:
“We haven’t been doing ourselves justice. We are accountable for performances and tonight in the second half… I said we needed to wear the shirt with pride and we did that.”
It will be intriguing to find how many of the players who played against Spurs will be rewarded with starts against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Only Cheikhou Kouyate and Manuel Lanzini from the Carabao Cup tie started the last Premier League game against Brighton, and while Andy Carroll looks likely to return to the starting eleven against Palace, how many of the others will be rewarded by manager Slaven Bilic with a place in the side?