West Ham United secured the top spot in Group H of the Europa League with another convincing win against Rapid Vienna on Thursday evening.
David Moyes’ team moved into the knockout round thanks to goals from rarely seen attacker Andriy Yarmolenko and club captain Mark Noble, who probably stole the show in Austria that night.
Not only did he make up for his miss against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup earlier this season, but he was heavily involved during the 90 minutes on the pitch at either end of the pitch.
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SofaScore rated him the best player for both sides with a game rating of 7.9, around 0.5 better than his teammates. It also registered a whopping 108 keys, most of them on the square, comfortable.
With this possession, Noble also made nine more passes than any other player (85) with an impressive accuracy of 90% and while none of these key chances were taken, he made 11 successful long balls from 12 attempts.
He sprayed balls from below and certainly helped launch every single attack that night.
Elsewhere, the 34-year-old veteran won 100% of his four floor duels, put up a tackle and won two free kicks for his team, and turned out to be a rock-solid executor in the middle.
Evening Standard’s Jack Rosser claimed in his post-game reviews that it was a “controlled and composed” portrayal of the Hammers’ longtime captain. He added: “Continuous singing and a fantastic penalty for his first real Europa League goal.”
He may retire at the end of the season but with today’s evidence he certainly has a lot to give and if players like Declan Rice or Tomas Soucek are ever seriously injured they are in safe hands.
As a result, the £ 50,000 a week was the star of the game for Moyes and the Irons.
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