Noble - Grant has helped me
Hammers midfielder praises Israeli boss
Last Updated: October 4, 2010 1:32pm
Noble: Praises Grant
West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has praised manager Avram Grant despite their stuttering start to the season.
The Hammers currently sit rock-bottom of the Premier League despite picking up a point against Fulham at the weekend.
It has been a tricky start for Grant at Upton Park after the Israeli coach took the reins in the summer, but Noble, 23, says his manager has got the best out of him.
"I'm enjoying my football at the moment," he told the club's official website. "I'm looking forward to every game and I just want to keep improving.
"I had a little spell when I lost a little bit of confidence and wasn't playing to my best.
"I was playing out of my position but now I feel I'm playing in my best position and slowly getting better every game.
"The manager said 'go out and play' and that's obviously what I want to do. I'm playing in the centre of midfield and that's where I want to play.
"I'm playing with Scotty (Parker) and we obviously understand each other and we're keeping the ball well in games and controlling games when maybe two or three weeks ago we were off the cuff."
Grant left Carlton Cole out of the starting line-up on Saturday in favour of Frederic Piquionne and the French striker once more got on the scoresheet.
Noble added: "The manager knows the players here like to play football and when you've got the likes of Freddie and Victor (Obinna) up front and Coley to come on, we know we've got a threat now and teams will be scared of us.
"We played really well in games and lost, but we're gelling together and looking forward to the games coming.
"The manager is paid to make decisions like this and it's paid off for him at the minute because Freddie is on fire and scoring goals and that's what we need."
Meanwhile, Noble also came out in support of Robert Green, who has been under pressure since his World Cup blunder for England.
"Greeny is the same every week," he remarked. "During the week he trains hard and is the same every day.
"He's had a couple of mistakes in the last few months but hopefully they're gone now and he can crack on. We all know what a fantastic goalkeeper he is."