Belfast Telegraph

Hammers' belief is building: Noble

West Ham United 1 Hull City 0

By Andy Sims

Mark Noble insists the confidence is returning to West Ham following back-to-back home wins.

The Hammers secured successive 1-0 victories after following up their midweek win over Burnley with another narrow success against Hull.

For the second time in four days skipper Noble was the match-winner from the penalty spot - and this time he put his spot-kick straight in rather than netting the rebound.

But it was another unconvincing display, with luckless Hull hitting the woodwork three times - once via Noble's deflection - and seeing an effort cleared off the line.

The man-of-the-match poll on the official West Ham Twitter account summed up events at the London Stadium, with the post winning the vote by a landslide.

And Noble admitted: "I've headed one on to my own post and it came back out, and sometimes those go in against you.

"But seven points in a week is massive for us, as is two clean sheets at home and two 1-0 wins. They weren't the best performances, but these are the games you have to win.

"Hull and Burnley are probably the most honest, hard-working teams in the league, but we competed with them.

"The result was 100 per cent more important than the performance.

"In the position we were in, winning is all that matters.

"Results breed confidence and hopefully that's starting to build up."

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