West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan will welcome his former club to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday, but that is where the hospitality will end because he is focused on securing a top-ten finish for the Hammers.

Following a 6-0 defeat to Liverpool last week, Newcastle United find themselves locked in a relegation battle, a position which comes as something of a surprise to Nolan, who played 91 games for the Magpies between January 2009 and summer 2011.

The 30-year-old hopes his old employers find a way out of their sticky situation, but only after they have left E13 on Saturday.


He told West Ham TV: "It's my old club coming to my new club and I'm looking forward to it. I wish the circumstances for them were a little bit better, but that's not my concern.

"It's been a surprise to see where they are, but I think they have enough about them to stay up. I'm just looking forward to hopefully beating them on Saturday."

The Hammers' outlook is far rosier, as they currently occupy a top-half position in their first season back in the Barclays Premier League.

Nolan believes that standing is fully justified and says the Club need to continue to look upwards.

He added: "To be honest, where we are now is exactly where I thought we'd be at this time of the season. When I looked at what we had in the dressing room and what we did last year - it's not easy getting back out of the Championship - I knew what we could do.

"We've got a lot of good lads in the dressing room and we've managed to turn the situation around from when the Club was relegated two years ago.

"When the chips are down we've been winning games, and when we're at home we're playing our football and doing well. Everyone that has come here this season, including all the top teams, have known they've been in for a game.

"In my eyes we're definitely where we should be and with a couple of acquisitions in the summer we will be continuing along the long road to where I feel this club belongs.

"You have a plan, year-in, year-out to get to where you need to be and, for now, we have two home games left and we feel that we should get maximum points."

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