Noble offers Zola support
Hammers midfielder says British players can set an example
Last Updated: December 21, 2009 7:34pm
Noble: Praise for Zola
Mark Noble is confident every player in the West Ham United squad is willing to put his body on the line for manager Gianfranco Zola.
The Hammers are staring at a relegation battle after slipping in to the Premier League's bottom three on the back of just one win in seven games.
However, Sunday's 1-1 home draw with leaders Chelsea offered signs of encouragement for the Hammers, with Noble and midfield cohort Scott Parker, in particular, impressing.
Noble believes the British players in the West Ham squad can set the example for others to follow and outlined the support that Zola has at Upton Park.
"Me and Scott are English players and we know what the game needs," said Noble. "We know what you need to beat teams like Chelsea.
"The position we're in at the minute we need that every game, it's not just good enough to do it against Chelsea.
"You need to do it against every team. We've got to get on with it and win the remainder of our home games."
He added: "We've got a fantastic manager here who believes in every one of us and tells us that every day.
"He spoke to us yesterday and he said some words that you could tell were coming from the heart. It's nice to see that in football now, you don't normally see that.
"Sometimes it's a little bit fake to get you going, but you could tell he was really saying what he felt. It was nice to see and I think the boys showed that for him.
"You put your body on the line for him in every game. I would do that personally and I'm sure every other player would. It's nice to feel that way about your manager.
"I bet if you speak to a lot of players in the Premier League it doesn't really feel like that. Then again, we have to crack on and get some more points."