Date: 31st August 2019 at 9:30pm
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Former midfielder Don Hutchison has praised central midfield duo Mark Noble and for their performances against City on Saturday.

Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini went with an unchanged team from the one that defeated Watford last time out, and he was rewarded as his side eased to a 2-0 victory over .

BBC pundit Hutchison was particularly impressed by the two Englishmen: “Brighton very good today apart from their finishing,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account.

“Villa desperately unlucky. Tielemans clear . West Ham excellent better side with Noble and Rice in midfield. Man U on a horrendous run (hardly any wins and clean sheets) Sheff Utd team spirit.”

OPINION

There’s no doubt at this point that West Ham are very much a superior outfit when Noble and Rice are pulling the strings in the centre of midfield. The return to fitness of Jack Wilshere this summer – although he didn’t even make the on Saturday – opened up a whole can of worms about whether the former Arsenal man would be a better fit alongside Rice than the effervescent Mr. West Ham. In the past two games, though, Noble has firmly rebuffed that theory. The 32-year-old was terrific against Watford, and he followed that up with another assured outing against Daniel Farke’s side. Rice, as ever, was imperious in the middle of the park. Look, Noble can’t go on forever, but for now he is still producing quality performances week in week out, and so he should retain his place in the starting line up until that changes. But, as Hutchison says, the whole West Ham team were excellent on Saturday and so credit must go to them all.