Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Southampton

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Boleyn Ground

Last Game

West Ham 1 - 1 Sheff Utd

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Second Round

Nolan wants to repay faith

West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan is determined to repay people's faith following the two red cards he has described as 'out of character'.

Last Updated: 22/01/14 at 08:30 Post Comment

Kevin Nolan: West Ham captain hopes to learn from his red cards

Kevin Nolan: West Ham captain hopes to learn from his red cards

Nolan served a three-match ban after being sent off against Liverpool in early December before being suspended for four games after his dismissal at Fulham on New Year's Day.

The 31-year-old returned from his latest ban in Tuesday night's 3-0 home defeat by Manchester City in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final which saw West Ham lose 9-0 on aggregate.

Former Newcastle midfielder Nolan has acknowledged it has been a tough time in recent weeks and he is eager to demonstrate he has put his disciplinary issues behind him.

"The last few weeks have been among the most difficult of my career - certainly on a par with when I joined Newcastle and they got relegated," Nolan told the Evening Standard.

"What's happened to me over the last month was very out of character. I've never been through anything like that before, but I have now and I'm hoping to prove, by the end of the season, that I've come through it.

"Things have been made easier by the support I've had from my family, friends and Lee Richardson, the club psychologist. It's at times like this you appreciate who is next to you, who is around you, and my support system is fantastic.

"I've had to take it on the chin, it's been dealt with, the gaffer has had his say and rightly so, he's told me what he expects of me and now it's up to me. I have to deal with it and I'm big enough, strong enough and ugly enough to do that.

"I've apologised to all the lads and they've said, 'we all make mistakes, let's just forget about it and get on with it'. If it had happened to anyone else they would have got the same reaction from me but it was nice to know I had the full support of all those boys.

"I've been pretty low but thankfully I had my family and friends. Without them, you don't know how dark it could have got. I hope I can repay the faith of people."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers impressed with Mario Balotelli impact at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he has been impressed by the impact Mario Balotelli has made in training.

Calum Chambers can be big success for England says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger feels Calum Chambers has the character to be able to cope with an England call-up so early in his career.

Transfer news: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe joins Derby on season-long loan

Liverpool have loaned forward Jordon Ibe to Sky Bet Championship side Derby County for the 2014-15 season.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property