West Ham captain Kevin Nolan has admitted he can’t wait for Newcastle's visit to Upton Park on Saturday – so he can score against his former employers.
The Scouser was disappointed United’s unbeaten streak came to an end against Manchester City, but wants his team to go on another run before the season finishes.
He told the official West Ham website: “We’ve got Newcastle at home next, which is a massive one for us, being at home.
“It’s going to be a good day for me, Andy and Sam with Newcastle coming to us, and we’re looking forward to it.”
Nolan has been a consistent source of goals for the Hammers since transferring from Tyneside in 2011, and he is eager to make his mark against Alan Pardew’s strugglers.
“I will be looking to score again, the big man [Andy Carroll] will be as well, so we’re excited about it,” he said.
Sam Allardyce’s men had been on an impressive run of form before the weekend’s visit to the Etihad Stadium, and sit in 10 place in the Premier League table.th
A win against relegation-threatened Newcastle would go some way to cementing a top-half finish – an achievement that constitutes a successful season after winning promotion from the Championship last May.
Nolan puts the Hammers’ comfortable position in the league standings down to their home form, having lost only four times in east London this campaign.
“We want to win our home games, it’s as simple as that,” the skipper summarised. “We’ve been a very good home team this year, we love playing at the Boleyn.”