West Ham were taken apart by Manchester City at the London Stadium last weekend.

And Mark Noble spoke to the London Evening Standard about the 5-0 defeat, suggesting that he knew his team would start well against the champions.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team matched City for the first 20 minutes, before Pep Guardiola’s men cranked it up a notch.

Losing 5-0 will have been a bitter pill to swallow for the Hammers.

West Ham United Training and Press Conference

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

Many fans and pundits have tipped West Ham to make a push for the top seven this season, but they will have to drastically improve upon their display against City, if they are to earn qualification for Europe.

 

Noble spoke to the London Evening Standard, and suggested that the Hammers need to start the second-half of games stronger:

“The 5-0 defeat to Manchester City  was brutal. I knew we would start the game well — and we did. I thought the first half was fairly even. We don’t start second halves well enough, though — and that’s something which even plagued us at times last season. Maybe it’s a mentality thing. The bottom line is that we need to start better after the break.”

Next up for West Ham is a trip to Brighton tomorrow, and Pellegrini will be desperate for his team to get their season up and running with three points at the Amex Stadium.

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