Kevin Nolan insists that it's only a matter of time before the Hammers start to turn their form around.

Wednesday's 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Fulham continued a disappointing run of away results, which has seen West Ham fail to take maximum points since November's victory at Newcastle United.

But Hammers skipper Nolan believes that, with several senior players returning from injury, Sam Allardyce's men will be in good shape to bounce back when they take on Swansea City at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

He told whufc.com: "We know we're in a fight, but we're not looking behind, we're looking in front and we're confident that we can still push for that top ten. We know we've got the quality in there, it's just not going for us at the moment, whether that's a referee's decision or people making a little silly mistake here or there.

"I'm really confident we can turn this around and I'm looking forward to what I feel is going to be a good end to the season and a good push. I've got a great bunch of lads in there, I'm not worried at all and we've just got to stick together - players, staff and fans. Our home form has been very good and we've got to put it right against Swansea on Saturday."

Nolan notched his sixth goal of the campaign to briefly draw the Hammers level at Craven Cottage, but Hugo Rodallega's header just a minute later took Fulham towards victory and the midfielder was disappointed to see such a positive start to the second period go to waste.

"We're obviously disappointed with the result. We haven't scored many goals away from home and we knew that we'd have to be on our guard, but we've conceded a very sloppy goal right after we've worked so hard to get back in the game.

"Fulham didn't really cause us many problems throughout the game, but we could have defended it better, we know that, and we've got to stick together.

"What we've got to do is take our home performances with us when we go away - we didn't do that on Wednesday and we have to take it on the chin and look forward to Saturday."

The defending wasn't the only element which disappointed Nolan - he was also frustrated that Dimitar Berbatov's tenth-minute opener was allowed to stand, despite the Bulgarian striker appearing to be in an offside position when Damien Duff delivered the free-kick.

"I'm just disappointed because although we blame the defending for the second goal, the first is two yards offside and at the end of the day those decisions have to be made correctly, they're bread and butter.

"We're working on that on the training ground, to make sure we keep a high line and then drop all together. We've done it there and it's worked fantastically because he's offside and he hasn't given it and we're 1-0 down. If you get into the break at 0-0 it's different when you're away from home - fans start getting on their backs and it makes it difficult for them."

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