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West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan had mixed feelings after a 1-1 draw with Stoke at Upton Park.

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The Hammers, who could have gone fifth with victory over Tony Pulis' side, fell behind to a slick finish from Jon Walters and had to produce a spirited second-half display to claim a point.

Nolan told Sky Sports afterwards: "We were unlucky in the end. I was guilty of two missed opportunities but it was a great result after going 1-0 down.

"These lads make it tough for you and I thought they played well tonight and I thought we did too. It was a good game. We're a bit gutted that we could have gone fifth, but it was a good point in the end."

The equaliser came early in the second period when defender Joey O'Brien popped up in the box to turn a Gary O'Neil cross into the roof of the net with the aplomb of a striker.

"Joey had a tough two years out with a bad knee injury but he's come back fantastic," added Nolan. "He keeps getting stronger and stronger.

"I'm absolutely delighted for him to get his first goal in the Premier League. He's a good friend of mine. You could see we were buzzing - there's great camaraderie.

"We were a bit gutted not to go on and win the game but as I said, these boys are a tough nut to crack and it was a good point in the end."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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