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

Mark Noble has a remarkable record from the penalty spot. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

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’.

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