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​Noble calls for West Ham focus ahead of Stoke clash

West Ham United captain Mark Noble wants his teammates to focus ahead of a massive game against Stoke City in the Premier League.

The Hammers are within touching distance of securing enough points to remain in the league for another season.

However, Noble does not want his teammates to get complacent going into this huge game.

"We go into Monday's game with confidence high, but with the knowledge that we cannot afford to let our levels of concentration or performance drop against a Stoke team who are fighting for their lives," Noble wrote in West Ham's Official Programme.

"A win tonight will take us onto 37 points and, although we will not be mathematically safe, we would go into our final five matches believing we can get to the magical 40-mark and secure our place in the Premier League for next season. When we do that, we can regroup and reassess things over the summer and go again next year.

"But we can take nothing for granted, because Stoke pushed Tottenham Hotspur all the way last weekend and were unlucky to lose 3-0 to Arsenal in the game before that.

"What we need is more of the same from the last two games. We need to play with the same intensity tonight that we have been playing with in the last two matches."

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