And Gold was quick to express his gratitude to the Irons who made the trip to the Hornets.
This was exactly the performance that West Ham were crying out for this weekend. For a little while after Andre Gray’s equaliser, it looked as if the Hammers might be on course for another frustrating weekend, but thanks to the intervention of new boy Sebastien Haller, they were alright in the end. Arguably, however, it was the the contribution of a much more familiar face that really made the difference. Mark Noble has been desperately missed in the centre of the park over the first fortnight of the season, with Jack Wilshere deputising to little effect. The ex-Arsenal man managed just 0.5 tackles per match in his two appearances this season, as per Whoscored. That led to a domino effect whereby Declan Rice was repeatedly left vulnerable. With Noble in the team, however, the Hammers looked more secure, and in turn were able to build on that security to eventually see out what turned out to be a convincing win.