Noble - Get behind the boys

Midfielder says support vital ahead of two crucial home games

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West Ham's Mark Noble has called on fans to keep up their support ahead of two vital home games for the club.

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Avram Grant's side face promoted West Brom on Wednesday and Blackpool on Saturday as they seek to lift themselves off the bottom.

Noble will be missing after having his appendix removed last week but the midfielder - who received the fans' Player of the Month award for October - has called on supporters to fully back the team as they aim to pick up vital points.

Despite being bottom, Noble insists the players are trying their hardest to turn results around.

Working hard

He told the club's official website: "We are all working hard as a team together.

"The backing of the fans is important and they have been fantastic for us in every game this season.

"We want them to know we are all doing our best to turn results around so we can move up the table.

"Although I won't be able to play a part against West Brom and Blackpool this week, I will be like everyone else in supporting the lads."

Promising signs

West Ham showed signs that they could put their early-season problems behind them after claiming a 2-2 draw at Birmingham at the weekend, going two goals up before the Blues came back to earn a point.

That followed a last-gasp defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates and Carling Cup win over Stoke in their last game at Upton Park.

Noble added: "If we can play like we have been doing lately, there is no reason why we can't pick up points in these games.

"I am feeling fine after the operation. I have been resting up but I am now looking forward to getting back playing and I will be ready to do my bit for the team as soon as I can."