St James' Park, Newcastle

Next Game

Newcastle v Swansea

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 1 - 3 Tottenham

Sunday, 19 April 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Santon wary of former Toon duo

David Santon has warned his team-mates to be wary of former Newcastle stars Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll in Sunday's clash with West Ham.

Last Updated: 10/11/12 at 19:34 Post Comment

Davide Santon: Will be wary of former Newcastle stars Kevin Nolan and Andy Carro

Davide Santon: Will be wary of former Newcastle stars Kevin Nolan and Andy Carro

The pair are set to be named in the starting line-up for the Hammers as they bid to maintain their fine start against Alan Pardew's men at St James' Park.

Nolan enjoyed three successful years with the North East club, helping them to the Championship title in 2010, before moving to Upton Park the following summer.

Local-boy Carroll meanwhile came through the Newcastle youth ranks before his record-breaking £35million move to Liverpool in January 2011.

Santon was quick to stress the team threat posed by an in-form West Ham side currently ninth in the table but did acknowledge that special attention will need to be paid to the former Magpies duo.

"West Ham will be a difficult game. They have some good players," he said. "They have Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, so we have to be careful.

"It is very important for us to win the game. We are only playing for a win.

"We have to stop them. We know they are coming here to score. However, we know we have a great defence here. We have a great team and we can stop them."

Pardew's side came close to qualifying for the Champions League last season, eventually ending a fine campaign in fifth place.

They have yet to hit the heights they reached last year so far this season, as they strive to juggle the demands of the Premier League and European football.

However, they are unbeaten in their last five matches and Santon insists a top four challenge is still their main aim this season.

"Last year, we had a really big chance to get there," added Santon. "We finished fifth in the end, but we have a very good team and have a good chance of getting there.

"We just have to get back into the winning mentality every game.

"We are in a great position to move forward."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's why Mourinho is so successful. He gives players a specific, limited set of functions to perform. They are but a cog in a machine. Do no more, do no less. I assume he learnt it from LvG :)

red_devil83
Fellaini Has Politely Become Undroppable

I

really hope that someone in the mainstream media spots that the Bayern manager played for and managed Barcelona quite well, and thinks to mention it in the build up. That would be really interesting.

megabrow (cufc)
Barcelona to face Bayern

Y

our gob says one thing, Brendan, the results say something else.

balls-to-monty
Rodgers bullish over Anfield future

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho hits back at Arsene Wenger ahead of showdown

Jose Mourinho has retaliated after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger questioned Chelsea's defensive approach.

Ilkay Gundogan close to Manchester United move

Manchester United are close to agreeing a £21.5m deal to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to Sky sources.

Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea and not move to Real Madrid, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is not concerned about Real Madrid’s reported interest in Eden Hazard.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company