Mark Noble has shared what West Ham boss David Moyes told him just before the penalty shootout against Manchester City last night.

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The Hammers progressed through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after a fine performance against Manchester City – the defending champions for four consecutive years!

Moyes picked an under-strength side.

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In fairness, calling the starting XI last night ‘under-strength’ is a huge injustice.


The likes of Alphonse Areola, Issa Diop, Craig Dawson and Ben Johnson all performed magnificently.

Noble put in a solid performance as well and rattled home our first penalty of the night – a brilliant way to respond after the debacle against Manchester United last month.

Mark Noble shares what David Moyes told him before penalty shootout

The 34-year-old West Ham man was first to step up for his team and he set the tone with a tremendous spot-kick.

Noble told what Moyes said to him before any penalties were taken:

West Ham United v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Round of 16
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“The Gaffer said ‘Nobes, you’re first’, but I was taking the first one anyway, if I’m honest! I just couldn’t wait to take it and obviously Manchester United is always going to haunt me because when you miss in that degree, but to go away and win at Manchester United away on the Wednesday after that, then to score a penalty here in front of my family and my kids was special.”

Noble showed real courage dispatching his penalty like he did last night.

It can’t have been easy for him after his last attempt against Manchester United.

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Last night was a hugely important one for everyone involved with West Ham. None more so than Mark Noble.

And it was great to see him banish his demons from the spot.

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