Hello to all and I hope everyone has had a good week.

We put everything into last Sunday's game against Liverpool and I think all of you who were there and saw the match may have been going out of the stadium a bit bewildered by the result.

It was tough to take, especially after losing Mo Diame to injury during the game. He had been such an influential figure for us in the team and was having such a fantastic match, so to lose him for a few weeks now is disappointing.

But it was another good performance from us. We were disappointed of course with the goals we conceded, but these have been things we have been working on in training this week again to put right ahead of our trip to West Bromwich Albion.

We have just come out of what was a tricky schedule of games for us. We break the games down into eight-game slots with targets and we have met them both so far. It is now about starting another little mini-league, with new targets for another eight games and looking to achieve them again.

If we can keep doing that, we can look at the bigger picture and we can be where we want to be at the end of the season.

As for West Brom, Steve Clarke and Kevin Keen are in charge there - two former West Ham fellas who you will know well.

We are really looking forward to going there and matching them, because they are a fantastic side. We hope that their bubble has burst a bit and we can go there on Sunday and get a result. They will be a tough side to come up against, I don't think I have ever been involved in an easy game at The Hawthorns, but we go there with confidence.

We have a few injuries but it is about us all pulling together even more and sticking close and working hard for each other and the team.I just think, with us all mucking in together, we can get through times when we have a few injuries or whatever. That is what we are all about as a team - if we put the hard work in then hopefully we can get the results we deserve at the end of it.

This week we saw what the possible plans could be if we are given the Olympic Stadium to be our new home. I think it will be fantastic for the club.

Our Vice-Chairman, Karren Brady, came down to the training ground to give us a presentation and to fill us in with what is happening at this stage of the process and what the plans are.

I must say, I was taken aback about how superb it will look if we get the Stadium and I think it is going to be absolutely magnificent for us, I really do. I think, as a club, we can do the Olympic Stadium absolute justice. With our fans, we can not only fill it but it will be fantastic for our club and for the whole of east London.

We would make sure it is a Stadium full of life and I think, as a club, it will help us move on and build great teams for the future.

It will help us move towards bigger and better things, put us among the elite facility-wise and help bring more top players to the club.

The last few days have seen us visit Whipps Cross Hospital and the Richard House Children's Hospice.It was nice to get out in the community and spread some Christmas cheer. Obviously the people we visited are going through difficult times, but attending these events and visits is definitely something myself and all the lads feel very passionate about.

I would like, on behalf of all of us, thank the hospital and the hospice for the time they gave us to come in and see them. We know how much hard work and sacrifice is made by the people working there. They are there for us if we need them, so it was great to go there and put smiles on a few faces.

There is an update to the tea-making rota that I mentioned in my last blog. Since then, I have seen our Head of Performance Analysis, David Woodfine make a cup of tea - well, two to be fair - in the last three weeks. He made one for himself and I think he made one for Jack Collison.

That's fantastic,, because he's learning and obviously he saw my comments on his tea-making or lack of it in my last blog! So it is a thumbs-up for Woody, as there has been a definite improvement on that front and it might mean I get a cuppa off him as a Christmas present!

I would like to finish off by saying a big thank you to all of you who will be travelling to West Brom on Sunday to cheer us on and, of course, all of you everywhere who will be willing us to get a good result.

Come on you Irons!

Kevin Nolan
Captain

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