Search

Nolan: We hope West Brom’s bubble has burst

15:28 15 December 2012

Kevin Nolan, West Ham. Photo: Olly Greenwood/EMPICS Sport

Kevin Nolan, West Ham. Photo: Olly Greenwood/EMPICS Sport

EMPICS Sport

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan is hoping his side’s trip to face West Brom tomorrow has come at a good time, with the Baggies currently struggling for form.

Both clubs have had good starts to their respective Premier League seasons but West Brom have lost three league games in a row heading into the clash.

The Hammers lost at home to Liverpool last weekend after beating European champions Chelsea the previous Saturday and Nolan wants to return to winning ways against West Brom.

“We are really looking forward to going there and matching them, because they are a fantastic side,” he said.

“We hope that their bubble has burst a bit and we can go there on Sunday and get a result. They will be a tough side to come up against, I don’t think I have ever been involved in an easy game at The Hawthorns, but we go there with confidence.”

As well as playing Chelsea and Liverpool, West Ham have also faced Manchester United, Tottenham, Newcastle and champions Manchester City in the past few weeks.

A mixed bag of results has left Sam Allardyce’s side in 11th place in the table, but Nolan is pleased with the form the team have been showing despite an ever-increasing injury list.

“We have just come out of what was a tricky schedule of games for us,” he said.

“We break the games down into eight-game slots with targets and we have met them both so far. It is now about starting another little mini-league, with new targets for another eight games and looking to achieve them again.

“We have a few injuries but it is about us all pulling together even more and sticking close and working hard for each other and the team.

“I just think, with us all mucking in together, we can get through times when we have a few injuries or whatever.”

West Ham were named as the preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium last week and the players were brought up to speed on the club’s plans for the site if they eventually do take residency there.

“This week we saw what the possible plans could be if we are given the Olympic Stadium to be our new home. I think it will be fantastic for the club,” said Nolan.

“Our Vice-Chairman, Karren Brady, came down to the training ground to give us a presentation and to fill us in with what is happening at this stage of the process and what the plans are.

“I must say, I was taken aback about how superb it will look if we get the stadium and I think it is going to be absolutely magnificent for us, I really do.”

Allardyce said he thought the move from Upton Park could help the club progress both on and off the pitch and Nolan echoed his manager’s views.

He added: “I think, as a club, we can do the Olympic Stadium absolute justice. With our fans, we can not only fill it but it will be fantastic for our club and for the whole of east London.

“We would make sure it is a stadium full of life and I think, as a club, it will help us move on and build great teams for the future.

“It will help us move towards bigger and better things, put us among the elite facility-wise and help bring more top players to the club.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Newham Sports News

Russell Slade (left) and Kevin Nugent returned to Brisbane Road at the weekend with Charlton Athletic. Pic: SIMON O'CONNOR

Addicks boss returned to Brisbane Road for the first time since leaving at the weekend and was given huge applause by home supporters

Russell Slade
Leyton Orient caretaker Andy Hessenthaler watches on (pic: Simon O'Connor).

League Two boss pleased with Yvan Erichot but knows he needs to bring another defender in before August 6

Kevin Nugent
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Leyton Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler looks on (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Pre-season friendly: Leyton Orient 0 Charlton Athletic 0

Sean Clohessy
Friday, July 22, 2016
Leyton Orient's badge outside Brisbane Road (pic: Play With A Legend).

Ex-Oldham Athletic ace will play his first home match at E10 and has discussed his role in helping improve the youngsters in the squad

Russell Slade

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Read more
£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now