Mark Noble has admitted he can’t wait to take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.
The midfielder scored his first ever league goal against Tottenham in that famous 4-3 loss at Upton Park in March 2007 and is eager to register his first win at the Lane in five attempts.
And the Hammer of the Year recalls his previous encounters with Andre Villas-Boas’ side, insisting the London derby is always a special game to play in.
He told the official website: “It was my first league goal [in the 4-3 loss in 2007] and I didn’t know what to do with myself – where to run.
“Playing at Tottenham has become a special match for me. I love playing at White Hart Lane. I think it’s a great place to play and they are a top team.
“My full Premier League debut was there. We drew 1-1 and I remember Edgar Davids was playing for Spurs.”
And Noble believes there is enough confidence in the team at the moment to help spur them on to a surprise win and that the players cannot complain about the current run of difficulty fixtures considering where they were last season.
“We go there on Sunday excited and with confidence in our team. We have a really tough few games coming up but there doesn’t seem to be teams with an aura about them,” he continued.
“It doesn’t come much tougher than Spurs and Manchester United away followed by Chelsea at home, but we have to remember we were losing at home to Burnley in the Championship this time last year.”