Mark Noble is pictured in TEARS of joy in the dressing room after West Ham’s incredible victory at Lyon sealed a Europa League semi-final spot, as fans hail the ‘King of East London’ and call for team to ‘win it for him’
- Mark Noble helped his West Ham side to the semi-finals of the Europa League
- West Ham won 3-0 against Lyon at the Groupama Stadium on Thursday night
- The Hammers breezed past the lacklustre French side to a 4-1 on aggregate
- Fans praised Noble after the midfielder cried tears of joy in the dressing room
West Ham captain Mark Noble cried tears of joy in the Hammers’ dressing room, after helping his side defeat Lyon 3-0 to book their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Craig Dawson gave the visitors the lead on 38 minutes with a near-post header from a resulting Pablo Fornals corner.
Declan Rice then put the Hammers two goals to the good after his deflected strike deceived goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck to hit the back of the net.
Captain Mark Noble was in tears after West Ham progressed to the Europa League semi-finals
The 34-year-old was congratulated by Hammers boss David Moyes at the end of the victory
Jarrod Bowen then made sure David Moyes’ side would be heading through to the semi-finals after he slotted home following a counter attack.
Victory on Thursday night meant West Ham reached their first European semi-final for 46 years, and will go on to face Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.
Following the win over Lyon, Hammers captain Noble was left overjoyed in the away dressing room post-match.
Noble was overwhelmed by his teams performance and ecstatic after reaching the semi-finals
The 34-year-old was brought on with 15 minutes to play in the tie on Thursday, and will hang up his boots at the end of the season putting an end to an everlasting legacy at his beloved club.
Fans took to social media to voice their thoughts for their Canning-Town born leader.
One simply said: ‘I am lot for words’.
Another congratulated captain Noble for a memorable night: ‘So glad I ain’t the only one tonight, thank you, thank you, thank you.. for absolutely everything’.
One fan wrote: ‘Mr West Ham would love nothing more than to see him and the Europa League trophy…an amazing career topped off with what he rightfully deserves for his loyalty, dedication, work on and off the field and being what we and West Ham are all about.’
More praise flooded in for the West Ham skipper…
‘The Man, Our Captain my hero!! This is what it means he has given everything to this club. To the youngsters watching this is what it’s about this is how you conduct yourself, we love you’.
Another added: ‘The man who got me into this rollercoaster. If there’s someone I hope we win it for, it’s him. He deserves the best.’
West Ham boss Moyes is relishing the chance to go head-to-head with Frankfurt in the semi-finals of the Europa League.
‘We’ll give whoever a game. It’s Frankfurt. It won’t be easy. We’ll have a great night at the London Stadium again’, Moyes said post-match.
‘It’s great for West Ham – seeing the football, the teams. It’s been a monumental period for us to get the semi-final of a European competition.
Moyes was full of praise for his stars at full-time after Noble and co reached the semi-finals
‘I’m hoping we can keep it going. I’m hoping we can talk about the final soon. It’ll be a great opportunity for us. Like it will be for Eintracht Frankfurt. We’re all hoping we can play well and get to the final.
‘I’m extremely proud of how they performed. We’re thrilled. It’s difficult to put words to it. We don’t get the trophy tonight so I can’t be jumping around here and celebrating. But I’m proud.
‘We’re not favourites to win the tournament, but I want the players to think they are. Tonight was a great squad ethic and performance.’