West Ham United have been winning a lot of fans with their performances on the pitch this season.
And this act of sportsmanship from Mark Noble will only further adhere the Hammers to the neutral, as he stopped teammate Carl Jenkinson from time-wasting late in yesterday’s 2-1 win at Manchester City.
Arsenal loanee Jenkinson hit the floor for a second time in the final 10 minutes in an attempt to wind down the clock, but his West Ham captain was not having any of it and dragged him up.
It must be noted that Hammers boss Slaven Bilic substituted Jenkinson for James Collins on 85 minutes, and that the England-capped full-back appeared to be complaining of cramp.
But Noble didn’t even want to risk the appearance that United were bending the rules, and was rewarded for his act of fair play as the visitors hung on for another memorable away victory.
Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho goals in the opening 31 minutes gave the Londoners a two-goal lead at the Etihad Stadium, and City could not draw level despite Kevin de Bruyne’s first Man City goal.
West Ham have now beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and the Citizens on the road this season, and are second only to Manuel Pellegrini’s men in the table after six games of the Premier League campaign.
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