Mark Noble’s expletive-laden team talk fired up West Ham to pull off their first Premier League win at Chelsea in 17 years.
Captain Noble geed up the Hammers to end a string of eight matches without a win in all competitions, as Aaron Cresswell curled home the winner at Stamford Bridge.
Former West Ham skipper Alvin Martin’s son David made his Premier League debut aged 33 in goal and kept a clean sheet, before walking into the stands for a tearful embrace with his dad.
England midfielder and former Chelsea youth star Declan Rice revealed that Noble rallied the Hammers before kick-off in west London, as Manuel Pellegrini’s side sealed their first league win at Stamford Bridge since 2002.
“You know what? Nobes (Noble) got us together before the game and, with a couple of swear words in there, told us we had to be up for the game,” said Rice.
“It’s a London derby, we hadn’t won in eight and if we’d lost we would have been bang in trouble and we knew.
“We worked on our gameplan and frustrated Chelsea and even though it was one-nil, I thought it could have been much more; we thoroughly deserved to win.
“It’s typical West Ham in a way – don’t win in eight and then produce a performance like that!
“It shows we have still got the grit, the desire and the determination to go out there and put in a performance like that.”
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