West Ham co-chairman David Gold insists Slaven Bilic won't let complacency creep in against Hull City

Staying focused: Slaven Bilic: West Ham United via Getty Images

Slaven Bilic will not allow West Ham to show any complacency during today's Premier League clash against Hull, according to Hammers co-chairman David Gold.

West Ham have all-but assured their top-flight status for another season, having opened up a nine-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

But the east Londoners have failed to kick on and climb into the top 10 in recent weeks, courtesy of five games without a win.

There is a danger Bilic's players could relax during the run-in with little left to play for but Gold is convinced the Croatian will ensure his squad is motivated for a trip to the KCOM Stadium.

"Slaven won’t allow the players to take anything for granted or show any complacency just because our opponents are in the bottom three.

"Hull have been on a good run at home and we will have to be at our best to get something out of the game.

"One thing that does give me confidence is the fact that on a number of occasions this season, when the team have been going through tough times and really needed to dig out a result, they have done exactly that," he added.

Hammers captain Mark Noble missed the defeat to Leicester through injury but is expected to return for this afternoon's game in Yorkshire.

The midfielder's individual form has been singled out for criticism by some sections of the club's fanbase but Gold has delivered a passionate defence of Noble's importance at the London Stadium.

Gold said: "Make no mistake, Mark’s presence is absolutely vital to our team and his return will have a positive impact.

"I know that he has received some criticism recently but we must remember that he played his last two matches while carrying an injury.

"Mark is one of the best captains I have come across during my years in the game

"He has been here man and boy, and his value and contribution should not be under-estimated."