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West Ham skipper Mark Noble bemoans Tottenham timing

Mark Noble bemoaned the fact that West Ham will now have to face a full-strength Tottenham team on Tuesday night, when writing his regular column for the Evening Standard.

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The Hammers were originally scheduled to play Spurs before the global pandemic swept the planet.

At the time, Tottenham were without Harry Kane and Heung-min Son. And West Ham were playing some decent football.

Three months later, however, and that has all changed.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

The Hammers were back to their very worst against Wolves yesterday. Meanwhile, Spurs are back to full strength with both Kane and Son back fit and available for selection.

West Ham were truly awful against Wolves at the London Stadium. Crystal Palace did David Moyes a favour by beating Bournemouth. But even so, the east London outfit still need a good result against Tottenham on Tuesday.

And Noble told the Evening Standard how the Hammers feel hard done by considering how project restart will see them face a stronger Spurs side than they would have done three months ago:

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

“If you look back to March and just before the lockdown, we felt we were playing much better. I thought we thoroughly deserved to beat Southampton and then should have beaten Arsenal at their place. Our next two matches would have been Wolves, who had just played in Greece in the Europa League and then Tottenham, who were then without Harry Kane and Heung-min Son. We felt there was a real opportunity there. We have to deal with the here and now and we’re in good shape.”

Jose Mourinho will be delighted to have Kane and Son back and available for selection.

The north London outfit will really fancy their chances against West Ham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in two days time.

That might not have been the case three months ago, however.

But the Hammers can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves. Nor can they make excuses. The players and the manager only have themselves to blame for their current plight.

And things need to change quickly if West Ham are to avoid the drop this season.

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