West Ham earned a dramatic three points against Chelsea last night. But some Hammers fans weren’t happy with the comments made by Mark Noble prior to the game.

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The Hammers were, and still are, deeply entrenched in a relegation battle.

David Moyes has made little impact at the London Stadium since taking over as Hammers boss in December 2019.

But last night’s win against Chelsea has massively put a different spin on things.

Prior to the game against the Blues, club captain Mark Noble suggested that West Ham should be targeting two wins from their next five games, when writing his regular column for the Evening Standard:

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Mark Noble (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

“We’ve had a week without a game but now, starting tonight against Chelsea, we face five matches in 15 days which will define our season. After Chelsea, we go to Newcastle on Sunday, then we’re back at the London Stadium against Burnley in a week’s time and that’s followed by Norwich away on July 11 and Watford at home four days after that. As a minimum, we need a couple of wins from those games and I am confident we can get them.”

That was hardly an ambitious target from the 33-year-old.

At the time, the Hammers had games against Chelsea at home, Newcastle away, Burnley at home, Norwich away and Watford at home.

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Mark Noble (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

So West Ham need just one win now from their next four to achieve Noble’s underwhelming target. And surely they will be able to achieve that, considering the standard of opposition that they will be facing.

Who knows which Hammers side will show up, however.

If Moyes’s men play to their full potential, they will be just fine.


But surely there should be more ambition amongst the players. If the captain is thinking two wins from five is good enough, surely that filters down throughout the rest of the team.

And some West Ham fans took to Twitter to criticise the 33-year-old for his remarks…

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