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Noble: being sub 'no big deal'


Filed: Wednesday, 18th October 2017
By: Staff Writer


Mark Noble says he has no issue with being named as a substitute for last weekend's 1-1 draw at Burnley.

West Ham's club captain was an unused substitute as the Hammers drew 1-1 with the Clarets at Turf Moor, leading to yet more speculation that his time as a guaranteed first team squad member are numbered.

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However Nobes chose to take a more philosophical approach to his omission - insisting that the team should always come first.

"Some people might think a player being left out of the starting XI is a big talking point, but it isn’t, for me," he told whufc.com. "It’s just the result of the club having a big squad full of quality players and only eleven of them can start the game.

“Whether I am involved from the start or not I will prepare the same way and give the same input in the dressing room and on the pitch, either way.

“I have played regularly for this Club for over a decade now, but we now have a bigger and stronger squad than ever and that means the manager will take decisions to pick certain players for certain matches.

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"All that matters at this stage is putting points on the board and sometimes you have to sacrifice your playing style to win games."

West Ham's - and potentially Noble's - next test comes against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Olympic Stadium this Friday evening.





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