West Ham midfielder Mark Noble returned for the third game of the season to help his side to their first win of the campaign. The Hammers picked up all three points at Vicarage Road, beating Watford 3-1 on Saturday.
Noble missed the first two games of the season through injury but was drafted straight back in against the Hornets. He made an immediate impact, scoring after just three minutes.
15 years to the day that he made his West Ham debut, Noble stepped up to hammer home a penalty early in the game. Manuel Lanzini was fouled by Abdoulaye Doucoure and Noble made no mistake from the spot.
Mark Noble: Instrumental for West Ham
The 32-year-old offers West Ham so much in terms of commitment, leadership and inspiration. He galvanises the troops and lifts everyone else on the field. It is no surprise that West Ham’s performance was much-improved with Noble back.
Despite his limitations, Noble’s role at West Ham is crucial. And Hammers fans noted this, taking special time to praise him on social media. Here are some of the best tweets about ‘Mr West Ham’.
Alot of teams would wish they had a captain like Nobes
— ray cox (@ragcox) August 24, 2019
Haller will rightly get the headlines, but let's take a minute to applaud Mark Noble. Just back from injury and put in a proper captain's performance. Drove his team from start to finish. Tireless. We're a better side with him in it. pic.twitter.com/tlAZnYICOv
— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) August 24, 2019
When Noble is on it, Hammers are on it.
Simple as that.
— ⚒BIG BAZ⚒🇬🇧🇮🇪 (@BigBaz1975) August 24, 2019
Haven't watched anything of the game yet but surprise surprise, Mark Noble back we win. The man is a Legend 🤷♂️🤷♂️
— @Andy Malone (@fingersmal) August 24, 2019
His leadership is irreplaceable! I worry when he’s not in the side!
— sussexhammer89 (@harryd257) August 24, 2019
I’m sick of hearing Noble bashing he’s our heartbeat and every manager he’s played under has come to that conclusion too… ⚒
— Michael BoxingBrain (@CorazondeLeon88) August 24, 2019