Slaven Bilic clearly had one eye on the London derby and rotated his squad extensively. Nevertheless, the Hammers eased to a 3-0 win, with Diafro Sakho, Arthur Masuako and Angelo Ogbonna on the scoresheet.
However, it was not an easy game for the home side, with Bolton’s defenders keen to leave their mark, particularly on Noble and summer signing Hernandez, who came on for the final 20 minutes.
Speaking after the game, Noble told Starsport: “Yeah, he came on and got kicked about eight times. I’m pretty sure their lads wanted to say ‘I’ve booted Chicharito’.”
“These nights are always tough obviously playing a Championship side, obviously they’re struggling a little bit in the league but you know what you’re going to get.”
“But to be honest it was nice for him (Hernandez) to get out there again at home and as we’re fine with no injuries we’re looking forward to Saturday.”
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Noble himself was only just returning from a knee injury and the skipper managed to play for over an hour before being substituted.
“Yeah yeah, I feel much better. Obviously it was just nice to get back out on the pitch get some minutes under my belt. I ain’t been out for long, it’s only been 10 days, you don’t lose your fitness that quick.”
Marko Arnautovic warns Hammers to focus on Spurs challenge
Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovic has warned his new club to quickly forget about the win over Bolton and concentrate on the visit of Tottenham.
The Austrian international, who cost the club £20m when he signed from Stoke in the summer, had an excellent home debut, setting up first-half goals for Ogbonna and Sakho.
After the game, Arnautovic told the club’s official website: “I’m really pleased with this, how we played, how we acted. The first three games of the season was not West Ham, but now we’re progressing and getting better.”
“We have done our job and played well, but the game is gone and we have to focus on Saturday. Tottenham is a very good team.”
“We will recover on Wednesday and then on Thursday and Friday we’re going to work hard to see that we can win this game on Saturday.”
West Ham have had a woeful start to the season, with only one win in five games – a 2-0 defeat of Huddersfield Town. They sit 17th in the table, above fellow-strugglers Everton, but only by virtue of goal difference.