West Ham Cottee: Mark Noble stats show his influence on team

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 May 2017

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

West Ham legend Tony Cottee


Our Hammers correspondent Tony Cottee says the team miss Mark Noble when he isn’t able to play

West Ham United's Mark Noble picks himself up after a challenge West Ham United's Mark Noble picks himself up after a challenge

Sunday was a really bad result and losing 4-0 against any team is not good. We were outclassed by Liverpool in the second half and it was a really disappointing last home game of the season.

In a slight defence of the players, it is hard to raise yourself after such a high, which we had in the previous game against Spurs.

That was the match we knew we had to win to make sure we stayed up and then Sunday really was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show.

We all would have loved to see ‘Nobes’ play, but it was the right call for him to have his operation now with a look ahead to next season.

There is a tendency to single out the local boy when things aren’t going right and Ross Barkley is in a similar situation at Everton right now.

Fans get frustrated and they need a target and I don’t know if because ‘Nobes’ is a homegrown lad that he becomes an easy pick, but the stats speak for themselves.

West Ham haven’t won any of the last 12 league games he has missed, so it shows we are a weaker team without him. He doesn’t play well every week, nobody does, but he is very influential and the stats say it all I think.

In other news, Michail Antonio’s new contract is thoroughly deserved because he has been amazing in his first two years at the club.

West Ham United's Michail Antonio West Ham United's Michail Antonio

We have to keep our best players and people will say why do we need to give him a new contract as he has two years left? But you have to pay the going rate these days and reward your players, otherwise they will go elsewhere.

Unfortunately in the past we haven’t done that and so we have lost players, but I am thrilled Antonio has signed a new contract because he will be a big player again for us next season.

With one more game left we need to try and finish as high as we can and it would be great to end with a win at Burnley.

It is important we mention the fans because they have been brilliant this season and a good two or three thousand will make the trip up to Turf Moor, even though there is nothing riding on the match.

I’d love to see us go and win on Sunday, but Burnley have been excellent at home this season, so I’d settle for a 1-1 draw and I think most fans would agree. The important thing for me is the players put in a performance for all the fans making the trip. COYI!


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

6 minutes ago

St Mary’s Lane club play final game of calendar year this weekend

36 minutes ago

Lisa Wilson spoke of her late son Tom’s decision to donate his organs this week as health secretary Jeremy Hunt launched a new opt-out plan in England, writes Lee Power.


Leyton Orient look to avoid an FA Trophy giant-killing when they visit Haringey Borough in the first round on Saturday.


London Raiders will wrap up for Christmas after playing Invicta in a back-to-back fixtures this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.


England failed to cash in on centuries from Middlesex’s Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow as familiar problems persisted on a fluctuating second day in the third Ashes Test.


A superb solo goal from Sue Harwood saw Havering upset East Two South East leaders Canterbury at Campion.


O’Sullivan both powered and power-napped his way into the quarter-finals of the Dafabet Scottish Open, seeing off the challenges of Li Hang and Michael White.


Magnificent Martin J Ward crowned a great year by claiming the European super-featherweight title at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on Wednesday.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now