Wednesday 18 July 2018

Pressure mounts on Puel as Noble inspires Hammers

Leicester City 0 West Ham United 2

West Ham United's Mark Noble celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters
West Ham United's Mark Noble celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

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David Moyes has urged West Ham to finish the season on a high after Saturday's 2-0 victory at Leicester gave their Premier League survival hopes a boost.

Joao Mario opened the scoring at the King Power Stadium and captain Mark Noble sealed matters with a possible goal-of-the-season contender.

The result came as a welcome boost following a turbulent week for the Hammers. Andy Carroll was fined following what Moyes described as the striker's "unacceptable" and "inexcusable" behaviour against Manchester City last weekend, and was then sent home from training for refusing to apologise. Following a first win in five games, Moyes said: "I'm really pleased with the performance, the first half especially. But more importantly what really mattered was the result.

"Everyone is aware of the importance of the games, they're running out with three left to go. The sooner we got a win, the better, and I thought the players went about it really well.

Leicester City's Christian Fuchs battles with West Ham United's Andy Carroll. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters
Leicester City's Christian Fuchs battles with West Ham United's Andy Carroll. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

"We will try to win the last two games and see where that puts us in the league. If we do that then it might look like West Ham were never in trouble.

"The bottom end of the division has been so tight all season - a couple of wins could take you into mid-table or a couple of defeats could put you near the bottom three."

The defeat piled more pressure on Leicester boss Claude Puel. The Foxes went into the match having won just twice in their last 11 league games and the Frenchman got the dreaded vote of confidence from club's owners this week.

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