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Noble conveys confidence ahead of West Ham’s first foray in Europe


The Hammers will play their first non-qualifying European match since 2006 when they face Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League group stage on Thursday.

David Moyes’ side pushed for a Champions League place last season and are unbeaten in four top-flight matches at the start of this term.

Captain Noble is wary of the threat posed by Dinamo, who thrashed Tottenham 3-0 at home in last season’s Europa League, but says West Ham are now used to winning games.

“The level we play at now, not just in the Premier League or Europa League but in the cups, if you’re not at a level, you get beat,” Noble said.

“It showed last year. I think apart from the top two or three teams, we’ve had the best goals scored and points picked up, especially last season.

“I think coming into European competition, we’re ready. Will be tough? Yes. Dinamo have got a really good team, really good players. Obviously we saw the result they had last season against Spurs. It was impressive to beat them 3-0 but we come here unbeaten in the Premier League at the minute, eight points picked up.

“At the moment, I’ll say we’re not used to being in the Europa. But we are used to winning in the last year. We’re used to having that winning feeling. And it’s not something we want to give up just because we’re playing in Europe.”

West Ham will be supported by 2,000 travelling supporters in the Croatian capital and Noble expects the fans to enjoy a three-day holiday in the Croatian capital.


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