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Hammers coach praises ex-Newcastle duo after stalemate

19:54 04 May 2013

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West Ham United's Andy Carroll challenges Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini. Photo: Jon Buckle/PA Wire

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West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald felt Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll proved there were split loyalties after a goalless draw against their former side Newcastle.

The Hammers would have been the happier side with the draw as their top-flight status has not looked in jeopardy for some time but it leaves the Magpies mired in the Premier League relegation dogfight.

Former Geordie favourites Nolan and Carroll had chances to win the game for the Hammers so the coach was pleased with the afternoon’s work.

“They are 100 per cent behind West Ham,” McDonald said.

“Obviously they have a past with Newcastle and good times with them but they are so focused on West Ham trying to get in the top 10 now with two games left, after getting newly promoted and they’ve been solid all the way through.

“They’ve contributed as much as anyone in the team which is fantastic.”

McDonald, who also spent time at St James’ Park during his playing career, has backed the Magpies to retain their Premier League status.

“I’ve said before, I think Newcastle have got enough to stay up,” he added.

“But everyone is slightly still under pressure with the result that Wigan have had so everyone needs to do the best in the next game to try and get the points on the board so they can’t be caught, but personally I think they will be OK.”

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