West Ham’s Noble: We must get our heads ready for the play-offs

15:00 30 April 2012

Mark Noble of West Ham - West Ham United vs Hull City, npower Championship at Upton Park, West Ham - 28/04/12 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - 0845 094 6026 - contact@tgsphoto.co.uk - NO UNPAID USE..

Mark Noble of West Ham - West Ham United vs Hull City, npower Championship at Upton Park, West Ham - 28/04/12 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - 0845 094 6026 - contact@tgsphoto.co.uk - NO UNPAID USE..

Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League

West Ham midfield star Mark Noble is full of respect for Cardiff as the team prepare for Thursday’s play-off showdown in Wales

West Ham midfield star Mark Noble insists that the players must get the disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion out of their heads or it could cost them dear in the play-off clash at Cardiff City tomorrow night.

The Hammers beat Hull City 2-1 at Upton Park on Saturday, but Southampton’s thrashing of Coventry City meant that it was the Saints who matched on to the Premier League leaving West Ham with the lottery of the play-offs.

And it is something that the squad will just have to get used to.

“Obviously we set out for automatic promotion and I said to the lads after the game, we had better get our heads round it quick,” said the 24-year-old, who is the club’s current longest serving player.

“You could tell that we were disappointed. We wanted to go up straight away, so we need to get that disappointment out of our head quickly and concentrate on Cardiff City, because they are a top team, they have got a good manager and we know what to expect.”

After a win apiece in head-to-head matches between the two this season, Noble knows only too well just how tough a prospect Cardiff City will be in the two-legged match.

“They have had a great season,” said Noble. “They lost to Liverpool on penalties in a cup final and the likes of Kenny Miller and Peter Whittingham have scored goals.

“I know we lost to them at home to a late goal, but we played them up there not too long ago and had a great game there.”

The Hammers won 2-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium back in March thanks to goals from Kevin Nolan and George McCartney and Noble is hoping for something similar tomorrow night.

“We need to take our away form into the game and hopefully come back with a lead,” said Noble, who has bagged eight goals in claret and blue this season, seven of them from the penalty spot.

“Then, with the form we have shown in our home games lately against Brighton and Hull where we have scored goals and won matches, it is important we carry on that form into the play-offs.”

West Ham need to keep their nerve going into their semi-final tie and Noble, with 216 appearances behind him already for the Hammers will be one of the experienced voices in the dressing room.

“We need to keep doing the same things,” he insisted. “I know the play-offs are massive games, but it is the same size ball, it is the same colour grass and the same white lines, plus we have played Cardiff twice already this season.

“We know what to expect and with the experience in our squad hopefully we have enough to go to Wembley.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Submit your West Ham player ratings

Latest West Ham news

Monday, March 2, 2015
Gabriel and David Ospina of Arsenal with Harry Kane of Spurs

After Chelsea beat Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final and Arsenal and Crystal Palace also claimed important wins, we look back at five talking points from the weekend’s action.

Monday, March 2, 2015
Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates at the final whistle

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman hopes Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak is punished for his off the ball incident at West Ham on Saturday.

Monday, March 2, 2015
Upton Park (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

West Ham is a unique football club and a day out at the Boleyn Ground can be unforgettable.

Monday, March 2, 2015
West Ham United's Carl Jenkinson (right) and Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie (left) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park,

Hammers defender Carl Jenkinson has not given up hope of a big finish to the season, despite Saturday’s dismal 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace

Monday, March 2, 2015
Mark Noble of West Ham United is tripped by Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace   (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is running out of superlatives for midfield man Jason Puncheon.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

David Cameron will lay out his plans for helping to better protect children from sexual exploitation.

Read more

The 007 actor will take part in a “special one-off sketch” to be broadcast on Red Nose Day.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

West Ham Transfer News

Fiorentina's Micah Richards (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

On-loan Fiorentina right back Micah Richards has admitted he wants to come back to the Premier League but probably not with Manchester City.

Read more
Steven Fletcher of Sunderland is tackled by Winston Reid  (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

West Ham defender James Tomkins wants fellow centre back Winston Reid to follow in his footsteps by signing a new contract at Upton Park.

Read more
Sam Allardyce and Emmanuel Adebayor

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits he was gutted the Hammers missed out on signing Emmanuel Adebayor from Spurs on transfer deadline day.

Read more
Lassana Diarra in action for Lokomotiv Moscow (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

Lassana Diarra has set his sights on a summer move to West Ham after he missed out on a January switch to Upton Park.

Read more
Lassana Diarra, Real Madrid

Administrative issues mean Lassana Diarra will not be adding West Ham to a CV which includes Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Read more