We're buzzing for Dave, says captain Noble

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

Mark Noble has confessed that he too was nearly moved to tears after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Goalkeeper David Martin - who was making his Premier League debut at the age of 33 - was visibly moved at the final whistle as he failed to contain his emotions, having helped West Ham secure a vital 1-0 win against Chelsea.

And captain Noble - who also played a pivotal role in the memorable win - told the Newham Recorder's Dave Evans that he was close to tears himself as Martin was surrounded by team mates congratulating him on a fine performance.


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"I'm just so happy," said Noble. "I was nearly crying for him after the game! I saw him crying at the final whistle and I nearly went myself, because I know how much it means.

"He was not expecting to play at all when he came in in pre-season and to have your Premier League debut at Chelsea away and go and get a 1-0 result and keep a clean sheet - it's what dreams are made of.

"He's a West Ham fan, he's been to games in the crowd and his dad's an absolute legend here. For him now, to sit at the Christmas table with his dad - what a lovely feeling. You can't help but be buzzing for him."

Meanwhile West Ham's latest cult hero revealed that he was ever so slightly embarrassed having watched a reply of his team mates' reaction to the final whistle.

"It was tough keeping in the tears but I just couldn't help it in the end, so I just kind of collapsed to the ground!" he told Evans.


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"To have all the lads [come and] see me after was a little bit embarrassing, but it was a great feeling. Hopefully I'll have that feeling for a long time to come.

"You dream about moments like this; you don't get many moments like this in your career.

"I knew my Dad was in the stand. For him to share this with me, I couldn't have asked for it to go any better. I got a bit lucky at certain times in the game, so to enjoy that with my Dad after was an unbelievable feeling.

"It was great to be a part of it and to get a clean sheet at somewhere like this. We haven't won here in a long time so the feeling's great."

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