West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble believes the Hammers have come a long way since December

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West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble believes the Hammers have come a long way since struggling at Christmas.

The Hammers were locked in a relegation battle at the start of the year but their form has helped take them into mid-table in the Premier League.

Noble told the club website: "The win on Monday [at Sunderland] put us on 37 points and that's great for the club. I thought we played well at Sunderland - we defended really well and they had to make the substitutions to change the game.

"I think you have to look back at the position we were in around Christmas time. We were second from bottom at one point and now we've shown to everyone what we can do. We got ourselves together from what happened against Hull, even though we won the game it was a disappointing from us, and the fans were unbelievable on Monday.

"To have that support all the way up to Sunderland on a Monday night was unreal and we deserved the win."

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