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Noble wants fun factor back

Mark Noble is hoping to see the fun factor return to West Ham United in 2014/15 and a few more fresh faces drafted in.

The midfielder admits last season was testing for all concerned at Upton Park, with long periods spent looking over their shoulder.

A relegation scrap was eventually avoided, with the club finishing in 13th place.

There is, however, plenty of room for improvement as Sam Allardyce looks to win over his doubters and West Ham aim to push on into the top 10.

Money has been spent over the summer in an effort to bring about a reversal in fortune, and Noble hopes that investment will help to lift the mood around the camp.

He said: \"I only enjoyed about two months of last season. We were in the bottom three and then put a few results together.

\"From 10th downwards everyone was in a scrap and that's definitely not where we want to be.\"

The likes of Enner Valencia and Aaron Cresswell have been added to the ranks ahead of a Premier League opener against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on August 16, but Noble feels more additions could be made before the summer window closes on September 1.

He added: \"The boss will be doing his best to get another couple of players in so we can enjoy it this time.

\"We can try to produce a more entertaining side - but winning games is entertainment enough.

\"If you don't win games then you get relegated. It really is just as simple as that for us.\"