Last Updated: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:13
Mark Noble admits West Ham's 4-1 pre-season defeat to German side Mainz on Saturday was disappointing but building fitness is key.
The Hammers' perfect summer record of four wins from four came to an abrupt end when they lost 4-1 on tour to the Bundesliga outfit.
Noble admits the result was not good but says the games are all about building up match fitness ahead of the new Premier League season, which begins on August 17.
He said on the club's website: "It was not the best result in the world on Saturday but it is about getting fit in these games.
"We came to Germany last year and had a similar turnout when we'd come on the back of four wins. We're finding our feet and some of the lads played 75 minutes, so it was a brilliant workout, exactly what we needed.
The Hammers now take on Hamburg next on Tuesday and Noble is looking forward to what he expects will be another tough challenge.
"Now we're looking forward to the next one against Hamburg," he added. "These German sides are good. They're technically very good and drilled really well. It was a good workout for the lads. No-one likes losing, even in pre-season, but the result won't come into it.
"Pre-season isn't just about getting fit, it's about getting together as a squad, getting the new signings involved and trying to enjoy it.
"We have done and now it's Hamburg. We want to get some more training under our belts, get ready for the next game and continue to get ready for the season."
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