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Nolan glad to repay Hammers

Kevin Nolan hopes his recent match-winning displays for West Ham have made amends for his red-card shame.

Last Updated: 10/02/14 at 21:32 Post Comment

Kevin Nolan: Has scored twice in successive games

Kevin Nolan: Has scored twice in successive games

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce threatened to strip Nolan of the captaincy after he received his second red card in four matches for lashing out at Fulham's Fernando Amorebieta.

Nolan sat out some crucial games as the Hammers languished at the wrong end of the table, but regained the armband once he served his suspension.

The 31-year-old midfielder has led by example, scoring two goals in successive games as the east Londoners have pulled themselves out of the drop-zone.

Nolan admits he was grateful for the continued support of Allardyce, who also served as his manager at Bolton Wanderers.

"I've worked with the gaffer since I was 17 years old and I can't thank him enough for everything he's done for me, especially over the last month when it's been really tough," Nolan told the club's official website.

"I really knew when that happened on New Year's Day that the lads and the gaffer had my back, and I was overwhelmed by it.

"The last couple of weeks, with the goals, that's my little way of trying to give a bit back for the support they've given me.

"If I can keep chipping away and get a few more goals then hopefully that'll be a little way of paying back the stupidity that I suffered over the last month."

Nolan had only scored twice before his recent spree, but he wants to weigh in with more crucial goals in the absence of suspended striker Andy Carroll.

"The most important goals for me are the ones that win you games," he said.

"I'm just delighted I've been able to get a couple which have got us on the road to three points with another fantastic clean sheet.

"I have had chances over the season, but it just hasn't been falling right for me but now I feel confident and I'm really looking forward to games.

"The camaraderie that's been shown over the season to be able to stay in there has been brilliant. On Saturday again you've seen the togetherness and everything we're about.

"It's not over yet, we know it's going to be a big battle to the end of the season, but it's one we're all looking forward to."

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his isn't directed at Van Gaal in particular, but, let's be honest, you don't have to be a tactical genius to beat Arsenal at the moment do you? I will say one thing...he put Van Persie on Monreal deliberately? Our Robin hardly had a touch did he? So did that really work? Hmmm....I'd stick to substituting Keepers (yes,yes, it was directed towards him in the end....)

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hat a load of Bull***t. DiMaria hardly had a kick and they won because of a dodgy offside and a breakaway goal when Arsenal were chasing. Good luck to them they got their points but to try and claim this as some sort of tactical masterstroke is laughable, It was luck pure and simple.

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he singular most disappointing aspect of the current malaise that Liverpool are experiencing is that F365 are not able to use the picture of Rodgers giving his troll smile. Brendan does a helluva good Hard Done By range though, especially in the rain, in fact he looks so forlorn you just want to say to the opposition Stop It, You're Killing Him!

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