Noble upset as Hammers denied win over Chelsea

mark noble.jpgWest Ham midfielder Mark Noble felt his side were unlucky to only pick up a point in yesterday's London derby with Chelsea.

The England under-21 star believes Chelsea got the rub of the green when referee Mike Dean controversially awarded them a penalty.

Matthew Upson was penalised for a challenge on Daniel Sturridge but television replays showed the Hammers' captain won the ball.

Dean was not going to give a penalty but pointed to the spot after being advised by his assitant. Noble revealed it was a bitter blow for the Irons, who were leading 1-0 at the time.

He said: "We feel hard done by to be honest. I felt Matty touched the ball. He's quite an honest person and I think he got a touch on the ball, you could tell by the way the ball went.

"Then again, a draw against Chelsea, given the way we've been playing, is a good result and I thought all the boys were excellent."

Despite getting their avoiding defeat for the first time since they beat Burnley 5-3 last month, Noble felt it was two points dropped in the Irons relegation battle.

He said: "A little bit, yeah. I don't know what everybody else thinks but I do. You can't be greedy, it's a good point and we feel a bit hard done by but we need to get on with it and win the remainder of our home games."