Noble urges West Ham to manage games better >

West Ham United must learn to hold onto a
lead if they are to climb up the Premier
League standings, club captain Mark Noble
said ahead of Saturday's clash with
Slaven Bilic's side have recorded two wins in
their opening 10 league games of the
season and currently sit a point above the
relegation zone in 16th place.
They have lost five points from winning
positions, allowing Southampton, Burnley
and most recently Crystal Palace to score late
goals, and Noble said such results could cost
them in the long run.
"You can't make mistakes like we made at
Crystal Palace in the Premier League and
expect to win matches, so we really need to
learn how to hold onto a lead because
we're really shooting ourselves in the foot,"
the 30-year-old midfielder told the club's
website (
"People talk about 'managing the game' and
a lot of it is common sense. We need to be
able to see the time out by slowing the play
down and, in a way, get the opposition and
their fans feeling anxious. I don't think we
have done that well enough this season."
Over the last two seasons, West Ham have
lost just once in six meetings with Liverpool
in all competitions but Noble said his team
will have to be at their best to beat Jurgen
Klopp's men at the London Stadium.
"With where we are in the table and the fact
we go into the final international break of
the year after it, there is a massive
motivation to win Saturday's game," Noble
"Liverpool at home is a big game - it always
is. We're at home, we'll have the crowd
behind us and we've got to roll our sleeves
up, look forward to the game and do the
basics right."
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