Mark Noble produced a captain’s performance for West Ham United as they battled their way to a deserved 1-1 draw with a flat Liverpool side on Monday night. The midfielder was involved throughout, providing a combative presence in the middle of the park right up until his puzzling second half substitution. It’s become clear over the course of this season that the Hammers simply function much better when the Englishman plays than when he doesn’t. That was demonstrated once again at the London Stadium as Noble took the game to Naby Keita, Adam Lallana and co. He’s not a spectacular player, everyone who’s watched him knows that, but he works hard and he’s surprisingly good on the ball. The wonderful cross field pass that he executed just prior to his substitution was magnificent. Yes, he missed a chance or two, but overall it was a fine day at the office for the veteran.
Forever West Ham has rounded up some of the best tweets below.
Mark Noble best player to have never played for his national side. What a talismanic performance
— HammerIt (@HammerIt1) February 4, 2019
Noble was superb tonight imo. Couple of quality passes and some big tackles gone in.
Obiang needs a big 15 mins as our midfield opened up when he came on last weekend.
— Geo Mackie (@redhammer8) February 4, 2019
Obiang for Noble, who played well tonight. Carroll for the invisible Hernandez.
— Byron Hamilton (@Apisadmirer) February 4, 2019
quality performance Noble mate
— Jayden (@BlueBernardoV3) February 4, 2019
Great game from noble
— barrie senior (@barritelli) February 4, 2019
Noble beating that ponytail bum Van Dijk in the air, my captain.
— Jåck (@_JackWHU) February 4, 2019