Kevin Nolan has revealed he is setting no personal targets for the season other than the collective ambition of achieving promotion with the team.

Much has been made of Sam Allardyce's new skipper's goalscoring prowess in the last two campaigns at Newcastle United. He scored 12 Premier League goals last season and before that hit 17 in the Magpies' successful npower Championship promotion campaign.

He said: "[I am setting] no targets, well none I am going to make public anyway, I will keep that to myself! - but hopefully I can get into good goal figures and help the likes of Piq [Freddie Piquionne], Coley [Carlton Cole] and the other lads.

"If I can chip in great, but first and foremost, we have got to make sure we are winning games, that is the key, that the winning mentality comes back and hope that this starts on Sunday against Cardiff."

Nolan has yet to register in the claret and blue, but said the main thing has been to see the squad on a high after the disappointment of last season. Confidence was boosted by last Saturday's 2-0 win against Real Zaragoza.

"We were delighted with the win and the clean sheet - two very good goals, job done really so hopefully we can take this into this week's training and it enables us to be ready for Cardiff.

"I think that obviously when you go down, it is tough on everyone at the club and players - people don't realise but they do find that tough, it does live with you. So I think when we came in on the first day it was all about doing things the right way, everybody enjoying being here and everyone having a smile on their face coming to work every day, ready to work hard and enjoy what we are all doing.

"I think that is something that Sam does bring in abundance, making sure you are happy with everyday life as well as on the training pitch and games.

"The lads seem to have responded very well to that - it is a good group. You know I was a bit surprised, I was half expecting maybe to find it hard, you know teams go down, everyone is low, there may be a few cliques here and there, but there is none of that there.

"The lads are really up for it all and there's a lot for us to prove and I think although this is positive, we must remain grounded, we work hard and get to where we want to be and that is the Premier League again at the end of the season."

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