Noble - I'll play anywhere

23 March 2009 02:02
Mark Noble has revealed that he has so much respect for his West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola that he would be willing to play anywhere for him.

The England Under-21 international has been asked to play in a wider role on the right-hand side at times this season but revelled in his favoured central midfield berth against Blackburn on Saturday.

The 21-year-old marked his 100th appearance for the club by scoring his fifth goal of the season as the Hammers secured a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.

Noble admits that his admiration for his manager comes after the Italian stood by him after his form dipped shortly after returning from injury earlier in the season.

"When you have got respect for a manager like Zola, you will (play anywhere for him)," he told the club's official website.

"He treats you the right way and that is why I am happy to do that. I felt really comfortable and thought I was playing as I know I can play.

"The manager always says that he will keep faith in me. I started off so well then I got a calf injury.

Dip in form"Then I started playing well and hit a dip in form, and I don't know what caused that. It happens to players.

"Hopefully I am starting to pick up again for the rest of the season."

Ever since he took over at Upton Park back in September, former Chelsea star Zola has tried to instil his football ethos on the team and now the Hammers are reaping dividends.

Their free-flowing football that has been so evident in recent months has been praised by fans and critics alike but Noble insists that it was their ability to do the dirty work which helped them take a point at the weekend.

"I think a lot of people are commenting on the way that we are playing and scoring goals recently and our passing," he added.

"In the second half we will say we got bombarded with throw-ins and free-kicks, they threw everything at us but we stood firm.

"Scotty (Scott Parker), Specs (Jonathan Spector) and (James) Tomkins all made some unbelievable blocks.

"That will be needed going into the end of the season."

Source: SKY_Sports