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Noble: 'A Tough Test'

WEST HAM UNITED star Mark Noble insists that he and his teammates will have to be at their very best if they are to record all three points against the Potters at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

The Hammers have enjoyed a fruitful start to the new campaign, having taken four points from their opening two fixtures against Cardiff City and Newcastle United as well as securing a safe passage through to Round 3 of the Capital One Cup thanks to a midweek 2-1 win against Cheltenham Town.

Meanwhile, Mark Hughes' side have bounced back from a narrow opening day defeat at Anfield by recording back-to-back victories against Crystal Palace and League One side Walsall at the Britannia Stadium.

Noble feels that the new style of football being implemented by Stoke City's recently appointed Welsh manager makes the Potters an entirely different proposition to what many have been used to in previous years.

"Stoke City pass it a lot more now, they've got some quality players," the 26-year-old told the Hammers' official website in the build-up to the game.

"It will be an incredibly tough game on Saturday. We'll need to be on it to win the game and hopefully we can come away with another three points and make it an even better start.

"It's been a strong start; I've just said to someone else that when you're disappointed with a point away to Newcastle it shows how far you've come as a club. We had more than one chance to score a goal and we didn't manage to finish them off. 

"We move onto Stoke on Saturday now which we're looking forward to."

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