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RAPIDHAMMER: It's A Video Life

Monday, 20 August 2007

It's A Video Life

20-year-old West Ham midfielder Mark Noble was "Rookie of the Year" and his end-of-season-performances '07 made him a player who seems to be seeded in West Ham's midfield. But his performance in the first game of the new season (0-2 vs. Manchester City) was quite poor.
Against Birmingham City Mark Noble was able to reconfirm that he is one of West Ham's brightest talents of recent years. He even picked up the courage to kick the decisive penalty (70') - and scored West Ham's first goal of the season!
West Ham manager Alan Curbishley told the Club Website how he made "Nobes" fit to shine again:
"Before the Birmingham game, we sat him down and showed him some clips from last season, which reminded him just what he's about and what he can give us.
"Then we showed him his performance against City and it was chalk and cheese.
"We pointed out a few bits and pieces and, thankfully, he got back to basics at Birmingham and started to do the things that he's good at.
"Players need to come into the side and do well, week-in and week-out, from now on because there's a lot of competition about. After all, Kieron Dyer has joined us, Scott Parker and Lucas Neill are back in training and Freddie Ljungberg's injury isn't too bad, either.
"Mark was determined to put things right at Birmingham and he just got more and more confident as the game went on," concluded Curbs, who will be looking for a repeat performance against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
"He can be pleased with himself."

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