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West Ham’s rise dates back to their return from lockdown last year when Moyes rescued them from relegation before securing a sixth place finish in his first full season at the club.

“For us coming back from confinement and confinement in a house, knowing that we had to come back to fight a relegation battle to advance quickly so far to be fourth in the Premier League and come out on top of a group that’s really tough is pretty special, ”Noble said.

“But we don’t want it to end here. We want to keep making progress.

When asked if he had been able to sit down and take stock of their accomplishments, manager Moyes said: “I didn’t get it yet. I knew if we could do the job, and we We had no luck in Genk but tonight we were professional, we didn’t play as well as we did but it was enough to get us through.

“It’s a good sign, I’m not too happy with the way we played, but we won with relative comfort.”

West Ham are now in the last 16 of the Europa League and, as a group winner, avoid a play-off against teams dropping out of the Champions League.

“We’re going to go there with a lot of confidence that we did well in the first few games,” Moyes said of the upcoming knockouts.

“It will be a different competition in March. We will have the opportunity to review the teams in February and see how these games go. It is a great achievement for us to be in European football in March.

“I see no reason why we can’t keep fighting and persevering, competing in the Premier League and competing in Europe.

“I would be happy to face most of the teams. Hope we can show it off in the weeks and months to come.

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