Kevin Nolan scored for the third home Barclays Premier League match in succession to secure West Ham United a deserved 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Saturday.

The captain struck deep into added time to equalise and win a point that the Hammers looked like missing out on, despite dominating the game for the vast majority of the 90 minutes.

Sunderland struck against the run of play on nine minutes through club-record signing Steven Fletcher and, despite their bombardment of the the visitors' penalty area, it looked like West Ham would lose the game until Nolan's late intervention.

The No4 had earlier seen one volley well saved by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and another acrobatic effort fly narrowly wide, while James Collins hit the crossbar and the Sunderland defenders threw themselves in the front of a succession of goalbound shots.

Just when it appeared time would run out for Sam Allardyce's side, the skipper controlled substitute Modibo Maiga's header before swivelling and firing low past Belgium international Mignolet. Speaking after the game, the captain was pleased with a point but admitted that the home players felt they deserved all three.

What was your reaction to the game, Kevin?

KN - "We were delighted to the get the point in the end but could have and probably should have had all three. I didn't think it was going to be my day when he [Mignolet] got down and clawed that one away and also had the scissor-kick over my head that went just wide. You start thinking 'Is it going to be my day?' but we kept plugging away and managed to create another half-chance and I managed to stick it away, even though he got another good hand on it. Thankfully he couldn't keep it out!"

Ghosting into the box and scoring vital goals is your game, isn't it?

KN - "I've got a good goalscoring record and I am just delighted to have started off so well this season. That's my third goal and I'm just delighted. It's more about goals that are going to get us points that are vital to us and that was another vital goal. It's a fantastic point in the end, but we feel it should have been three even though we scored in the last minute of the game."

Do you feel West Ham have a certain solidity about them already this season?

KN - "That is what we're about but I think people have been quite surprised by the way we have played and the way we are playing. We've played some fantastic football on the floor and have also mixed it up. We were gutted to lose that early goal to Sunderland because we don't like conceding goals. As much as we enjoy scoring, we don't like conceding, but it was a fantastic finish by Steven Fletcher."

Do you feel that West Ham are comfortable at this level?

KN - "We feel we're back where we belong and with the additions that the gaffer and the Chairmen have made in bringing in top-quality players [we're in good shape] - you could see that by the quality on the bench and the players who the gaffer brought on who were able to affect the game. Hats off to the gaffer and the Chairmen for making sure that, hopefully, this is going to be a good season for West Ham. We certainly feel we're back where we belong and we just need to prove it to everyone. In the last few games, I feel we have but there is a long way to go yet."

You played against Crewe Alexandra in the Capital One Cup second round, so will you be asking the gaffer if you can be included against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday evening?

KN - "Yes, of course. I always like to be involved in games and I am one of those where, if there is a game there, I always make myself available. The staff here know what's best for everything but I'll definitely be putting my hand up if the gaffer asks if anyone wants to play. I'm sure they'll have their planning and will make the final decision."

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