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Our season starts tomorrow, says Noble

Filed: Friday, 17th August 2018
By: Staff Writer

Mark Noble says West Ham must quickly recover from last week's disappointing opening day defeat at Liverpool.

And the Hammers captain, speaking in his latest column for the Evening Standard also pleaded with fans to show a little patience whilst the new arrivals are integrated into the squad.

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"I said last week that the two games you wouldnít have wanted on the opening day of the season were Liverpool and Manchester City away, especially when you have five players making their debuts," he said.

"Well, we drew one of those short straws and no, it didnít go as well as we would have hoped. We needed to learn some lessons from last weekend though - and quickly move on, which I believe weíve done.

"Following Sundayís defeat, we had Monday off and then came in on Tuesday and had a team meeting. We had a good chat and the general drift amongst all of us really - staff and players - was to learn from our mistakes but then put it behind us quickly.

"Our season effectively starts tomorrow against Bournemouth and weíre ready for that challenge. There will be some who expect us, with all our new additions and a stronger squad, to just turn up and roll them over but thatís not going to happen.

"Under the manager we are playing a new way and it is going to take time. It does take time but in the Premier League these days, you donít get much of that."

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Noble, who is set to lead West Ham out tomorrow for the first time at Stratford this season also hit out at those 'keyboard warriors' who spend their time unfairly uand unnecessarily criticising the team via social media.

"Social media can be a problem and Iíll be honest, I do read some of it", he admitted. "I know I shouldnít because often it gives me the major hump but freedom of speech is important and we have to get used to it because itís not going away anytime soon.

"I donít look at it often, I donít have the time but I watched a clip the other day, where thereís someone slating his teamís players and people in the background are laughing and cheering. It wasnít West Ham, by the way."

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