Noble gets all emotional
Mark Noble admits West Ham's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa was one of the most emotional moments of his career.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 06/11/09 3:41pm
Mark Noble admits West Ham's dramatic 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday was one of the most emotional moments of his career.
The Hammers headed into the midweek fixture on the back of a nine-game winless run.
That slump had left them languishing in the Premier League relegation zone and short on confidence.
A gladiatorial atmosphere at Upton Park helped to raise the spirits of Gianfranco Zola's side, though, and they were able to pick up three priceless points.
Noble put West Ham on their way from the penalty spot, only for Ashley Young to level matters six minutes into the second half.
Substitute Zavon Hines then stepped off the bench to snatch an injury-time winner, leaving those on and off the field drained come the final whistle.
"Wednesday was important," said midfield dynamo Noble.
"I can say the moments I have been through with this club that was emotionally one of the best moments I have had.
"It was so good to be involved with that. It was a really tough game, really tough, but in the end I thought we deserved it.
"The confidence is up for Everton (on Sunday). We will rest well, train well and hopefully the fans will turn up like they did against Villa. It will be fantastic if they get behind us and drive us on to another win.
"It was so emotionally charged because we needed the win so much. It was brilliant and now hopefully we can kick on. It is an unbelievable feeling when you score a goal like that. You just feel like crying.
"We kept going and going. The crowd were unbelievable when they got the equaliser they still cheered us and they didn't get on our backs. I thought that is what we need with the moment we are going through.
"I feel I have got a right to say that because I am a West Ham fan myself and I have been brought up round here. But I thought they were unbelievable and we won that game partly because of them."