West Ham pair Mark Noble and Rob Green fight each other

11 April 2011 06:17
  At least the call has been heeded, but Avram Grant presumably had opponents in mind when he demanded more fight from his players.

Instead, looking on from the stand after being banned from the touchline, the West Ham manager had to witness the unedifying spectacle of two of his own players almost coming to blows in a furious reaction to the first of Daniel Sturridge's two goals in a 3-0 Bolton win.

Fracas: Mark Noble (centre) had to be pulled away from goalkeeper Rob Green

Incensed at seeing Sturridge allowed the time and space to turn and curl a shot into the top corner, Robert Green advanced menacingly from his line and became embroiled in an animated exchange with Mark Noble that led to the midfielder appearing to punch his team-mate in the chest.

Green responded by wrapping an arm round Noble's neck, and calm was only restored after Matthew Upson stepped in and pulled the pair apart.

Dan the man: Bolton's Daniel Sturridge was on target twice, the first time caused a fracas between West Ham pair Rob Green and Mark Noble

West Ham midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger revealed that Green and Noble had at least made their peace, saying: 'I saw that something was going on, that an argument developed, but they shook hands in the dressing room, and it is all forgotten.'

Grant claimed not to have seen the fracas, even from such an elevated viewpoint, but was not unduly perturbed by it.

'Both players are very committed to the cause and were not happy at conceding a goal,' he said. 'At least it showed they care, and we do need a fighting spirit to get out of trouble. We need to win battles on the pitch.'

 Explore more:People: Matthew Upson, Robert Green, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Daniel Sturridge

Source: Daily_Mail