Noble: Payet’s Absence No Reason For West Ham Loss

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Mark Noble will not blame West Ham’s loss to Domzale on the absence of star player, Dimitri Payet.

In the first leg of the third qualifying round for the Europa league, West Ham lost 2-1 to Slovenia side, Domzale.

France internal, Dimitri Payet, who was the star for West Ham last season, was absent. The midfielder is on an extended leave, on account of helping his country reach the Euro 2016 final.

But Noble, who had cancelled out Crnic’s penalty with one of his own, called for improvement from his team in the return leg.

“We lost 2-1, I don’t think it was a penalty in the first half but you’ve got to get on with it, but we ended up losing the game,” he told BT Sport.

“It’s something to look forward to [the first game at the Olympic Stadium]. It’s not the ideal result but we’ve got to go there positive, I’m sure the fans will be behind us.”

“You’re going to miss a player like Dimi, of course. But that’s no excuse. We had a good enough team to come here and win, but we didn’t do that.

“Obviously these games are tough but we didn’t play well tonight. We better play well on Thursday.”



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