Sam Allardyce is facing calls to drop Nolan from a section of supporters who are unhappy with the midfielder's performances this season.
"Kev is big enough and strong enough to handle all that stuff, he will be fine," said Noble. "We just needed a goal and the manager decided to make a change.
"Kev is brilliant in the dressing room and he has been unbelievable for us. He is the gaffer's man and he looks after the dressing room and all of the problems in there. You need someone like that. I do not think the gaffer has taken him off because of the way he was playing, he just wanted to change things."
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