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Noble backs Haller to stay on goal trail

Watford 1 West Ham United 3

Two good: Noble and Haller
Two good: Noble and Haller

By Philip Duncan

West Ham captain Mark Noble has urged record signing Sebastien Haller to build on his match-winning double at Watford.

Haller, who arrived from Frankfurt for £45m this summer, opened his Hammers account with two strikes in nine second-half minutes after Andre Gray's equaliser to earn his new club their first three points of the Premier League campaign.

Noble, also on the scoresheet from an early penalty in West Ham's 3-1 victory at Vicarage Road, hopes the French striker's brace will provide him with the basis to star in the future.

"When you come to a club and you've been bought for that sort of money, you want to get off to a good start," said Noble.

"We played Manchester City at home, which was a tough game for us, and then Brighton away which he missed, but he was back with two goals and let's hope he can continue with that.

"We've got a long way to go but it's a great start for him."

Hornets midfielder Tom Cleverley said: "We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We've got two big games this week before heading into an international break and we want to get that good feeling back desperately.

"Let's try to get through to the next round of the League Cup against Coventry and then all focus in training on Newcastle."

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