West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is looking forward to returning to St James' Park for Sunday's Barclays Premier League fixture with Newcastle United.

Big Sam, captain Kevin Nolan and striker Andy Carroll will all head back to their former club eager to inspire the Hammers to another valuable victory.

The manager is hoping Carroll can notch his first goal for the club at his old stomping ground, while he also suggested that Nolan could force his way into the senior England squad if he maintains his own impressive scoring record.

Sam, do you have any team news ahead of Sunday's game?

SA - "Our team news is that we're waiting patiently for James Tomkins and James Collins who are two key players for this weekend. We hope at least one of them will pass a fitness test, which will probably happen on Saturday. Guy Demel has been back in training this week and will join the squad. Other than that, we're not too bad. We obviously have other players out injured but those are the two key players [Tomkins and Collins] because it would leave us with only Winston Reid as a central defender. We hope one of those two will be fit, or both of them."

West Ham United have a tough-looking run of fixtures between now and Christmas. What would be an acceptable points tally and league position at the end of the next eight games?

SA - "I wouldn't say that I could predict that we could get this or that many points. It's a case of trying to collect points from each game as it comes. Obviously, to win a lot of those games will be more difficult because of the size of the teams we face. Last weekend, people certainly didn't expect us to win, but many didn't expect us to get a draw against Manchester City but we did. That's what we're looking for - results rather than victories in terms of the teams we're playing against. If we can get any wins from this group of fixtures, then that's a massive bonus for us. Everyone will look at Stoke or West Brom rather than Chelsea or Manchester United as being where we might get those wins, but it might not work out like that. As long as we can keep accumulating points, then that's the most important thing."

You go back to Newcastle United on Sunday. Is there still an extra edge to this fixture for you?

SA - "No, not for me. Those days are long gone. They happened when I got the Blackburn job and Newcastle came to Blackburn. After that they got relegated, so I didn't meet them again until we [Blackburn] went up to Newcastle and played them. Next time we met them, I got sacked by Blackburn! It's all gone. There has been a lot of water under the bridge since then. It's far more important for Kevin and Andy than it is for me. Life moves on. I don't live in the past. I can only look to the future as best I can. It's a piece of history in my career that didn't quite work out as well as I'd liked it to. For me, it wasn't me getting bad results at Newcastle - it was a change of ownership and a decision made at the time that they wanted their own man in. I accepted that at the time and since that time has drifted by, I have no animosity towards Newcastle United at all."

What sort of reception are you expecting at St James' Park?

SA - "I had a pretty good reception last time I went back with Blackburn - probably not at the end of the game because we won the game 2-1 if I remember correctly! It's more important for Kevin and Andy to go and give a good performance. Those two players served Newcastle superbly before they left. They were absolutely outstanding for that club and they will obviously want to do very, very well."

Andy Carroll is still looking for his first goal for the club. Are you worried? Is Andy worried?

SA - "I don't think he is worried. I hope he's not because the more he is, the less likely he is to get that goal that he's looking for. I'm certainly not overly concerned. We'd all like him to get off the mark but, as every player will tell you, our main aim is to achieve results. If you're getting results and your main striker is scoring goals, then that's fantastic, but if they're not then as long as you're getting the results then that is the most important thing."

Everton's Leon Osman has received his first senior England call-up at the age of 31. Is there a case that Kevin Nolan should also earn a place in Roy Hodgson's squad?

SA - "If Kevin keeps scoring goals from midfield, who knows? He should be on five goals from ten games after last weekend, but the assistant referee took it away from him. It was a brilliant piece of technique. If you're consistently scoring goals in the Barclays Premier League then you can't ignore it. I don't think you can, anyway. I think anyone should think they have got a chance of a call-up if they are playing well in this league. Osman has been outstanding for Everton this year, as Kevin has been for us. If he keeps scoring more goals, then you never know."

How do you assess your opening ten Barclays Premier League games?

SA - "Our first ten games have been excellent. There have only been two blips out of ten, which for a newly-promoted side [is good]. Those were the two poor away performances at Swansea and Wigan. The rest of our performances have been up there. The only other disappointment was the last ten minutes against Arsenal when they clinched the victory. Everything else has been fine. We were a little frustrated that we didn't beat Sunderland down here because we produced an outstanding performance. Other than that, things have been OK."

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