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West Ham United captain Mark Noble says the club can still reach the fabled ‘next level’ and has told his teammates what they must do to get there.

Life under Manuel Pellegrini could not have got off to a worse start.

Four defeats from the opening four Premier League games has left West Ham pointless.

In fact the Hammers are the only team in England without a single point.


In mitigation two of those defeats came away at Liverpool and Arsenal.

And in truth West Ham could and should have beaten the Gunners.

They didn’t and terrible home defeats to Bournemouth and Wolves have exacerbated the problem and sapped confidence.

It is all a far cry from the now infamous ‘next level’ promises spouted by co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady.

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‘We must demand more from each other’

Many fans and pundits are fearing relegation is a very real possibility for the East Londoners given their daunting fixture list over the next month.

But captain Mark Noble, who has struggled with injury and form so far this term, told the Evening Standard last week he believes West Ham can still reach the next level and more importantly how.

“If we want to go to the next level, we must make the most of our opportunities and demand more of each other,” Noble wrote in his own column in the Evening Standard.

“I don’t want us to play ‘basketball’ football, where we have a chance and then they have one — we took the lead against Bournemouth and Arsenal and lost both games — but we need to improve drastically because we’re conceding too many goals.

“That game (at AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup) was similar in that we conceded an early goal and then probably had 50 chances.  It was attack versus defence and probably a good workout for the lads. We should have won the game 7-1.”

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Fans are the only ones to step up to the ‘next level’ since stadium move

Demand more from each other.

That in a nutshell is exactly what everyone at West Ham should be doing right now.

Hard work is the minimum expectation from Hammers fans.

The players also need to appreciate just how passionate and loyal the supporters are.

Since the stadium move the only people to step up to the next level is the fans.

Over 52,000 of them sold out season tickets at the London Stadium for the third successive season since leaving Upton Park.

Second only to the mighty Manchester United.

West Ham fans have a reputation for turning on their team.

But despite a few boos after the Wolves defeat you can bet your bottom dollar they will turn up in full voice for crucial games against Everton, Chelsea, Manchester United and co.

Now it’s time for West Ham’s players to turn up too.

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