West Ham's Noble: Steady as she goes

Mark Noble has taken over from Carlos Tevez as the hero of Upton Park - but the West Ham midfielder will not make any changes to his game.

Hammers boss Alan Curbishley believes Noble played a huge part in the club avoiding relegation last season, even though it was Tevez who took most of the plaudits before leaving for Manchester United.

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Noble would have stayed at his hometown club even if they failed to complete their remarkable survival bid, and his attitude and all-action performances have led to his shirt being the top seller in the club shop.

"I should have asked for commission," he joked. "If I could have a pound a shirt, I could get a new car!"

Noble acknowledges that his hero status means he has to set an example, although he cannot be restrained on the pitch.

"If they accept me, it's a nice feeling," said the 20-year-old.

"I do things now and then, like tackles which can be late. I didn't mean for anything like that to happen but I'm a 100% player. If kids look up to me, then so be it - but I'll be the same me forever."

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