West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan eyes Europe spot after Newcastle win
West Ham captain Kevin Nolan wants the club to emulate Newcastle and qualify for the Europa League in the near future
Kevin Nolan has set his sights on helping West Ham United qualify for Europe after the Hammers skipper netted the winner against Newcastle United on Sunday.
Nolan, who spent two-and-a-half seasons at the Magpies, finished from close range in the first half to take his tally to five goals this season.
The 30-year-old helped Newcastle return to the top flight and subsequently avoid relegation in 2011, before he joined the Hammers last summer while they were in the Championship.
Nolan’s goals proved crucial as Sam Allardyce’s side were promoted to the Premier League in May – and the former Bolton Wanderers star now wants the Hammers to emulate Newcastle’s achievements.
“It was a fantastic performance by us. It moves us further up the table and keeps us in the mix really,” said Nolan.
“You’ve got to expect to be up against it at Newcastle.
“What we’re trying to do at West Ham is what we tried to do at Newcastle. When we came up it was about getting them back to where they eventually belong into Europe.
“That’s what I feel West Ham should do. With the support we’ve got and the backing from the boardroom hopefully we can emulate what Newcastle have done.”
Nolan returned to St James’ Park for the first time since being sold in June 2011 on Sunday but the midfielder holds no grudges against his former employers.
“It was a perfect scenario for me to score the winner,” said Nolan. “It was quite emotional when I did score.
“I did say I was never going to celebrate scoring against Newcastle and I never will.
“If I move on from West Ham, I would never do it against them either.
“That was down to the support I received when I was here. I can’t thank the fans enough for the reception I got – absolutely unbelievable.”