108 touches, 11 long balls: One West Ham player was absolutely incredible last night
West Ham United picked up a comfortable win over Rapid Wien in the Europa League last night and Mark Noble was the star of the show.
Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring for David Moyes’ side in the 39th minute and the Irons skipper doubled that lead just before half-time.
The Hammers’ unbeaten run in Europe continues. They’re now guaranteed to finish on top of their group and Moyes, predictably, was delighted with his side’s performance away at the Allianz Stadion in Vienna.
Noble was the highest-rated player on the pitch last night, as per SofaScore. Here’s a look at his stats…
Mark Noble: Stats vs Rapid Wien
Noble started only his third game in the Europa League last night and it was the first time he played the full 90 minutes in the competition this season.
The Englishman had 108 touches of the ball and completed 85 of his 94 attempted passes, maintaining an impressive 90 per cent passing accuracy. He also completed 11 out of his 12 attempted long balls, which is a sensational return.
Noble completed 100 per cent of his dribbles and wasn’t dribbled past once by an opponent. He also won each of his four attempted ground duels and was given a 7.9 rating, higher than every other player on the pitch. (SofaScore)
Moyes really does deserve a lot of credit for how well he has managed West Ham since the start of last season. The Hammers finished sixth last term, just four points behind third-placed Liverpool.
West Ham would love to go all the way in Europe this term while also finishing in the top four in the Premier League. Moyes has publicly claimed that a Champions League finish is his ambition for this season, but it will not be easy.
However, if rarely-used players like Noble deliver brilliant performances every time they’re called upon, the Irons could really achieve something special at the end of this campaign.
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