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2013-08-23T06:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:09:38

Nolan wants St James' Park repeat

West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan says his team know exactly what is required if they are to start their away Barclays Premier League programme in the manner they crave at Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Hammers' campaign began with a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday, helped by an early goal from Joe Cole, and now Nolan's focus is on improving last season's away win tally of three.

He spent two-and-a-half years at St James' Park so knows more than most what kind of threat the Hammers will have to deal with on Tyneside.

"When the fixtures came out, I went down, saw Liverpool, all the big clubs, and obviously I looked out for Newcastle having been transferred here from there," he told West Ham TV.

"We have them as the first away game of the season, and going back there will be tough but it's one I'm looking forward to after such a fantastic start.

"It was quite surreal the last time I went back, but I really enjoyed it. It's a fantastic stadium to play in, and the fans are so passionate. Hopefully we can replicate what we did last season - I thought we were brilliant, gave a solid performance and getting the goal was fantastic.

"We want to start off what will become a successful season away from home. We need to address our away form and hopefully that will begin from this weekend.

"We need to at least double the amount of away wins we had last season, if we do that'll put us right in the mix in that top ten, as long as we carry on with the home form.

"We've changed a few things, I can't say here what as they might be reading, but hopefully we'll see a stronger side to us, and with the new acquisitions that will make things a bit easier."

Newcastle were defeated 4-0 at Manchester City in their opening fixture, but Nolan believes they will provide a sterner test on this occasion.

He continued: "One thing I always found is that when you play for Newcastle, when you walk out at St James' Park and you play for them, they demand everything you've got. Believe me, they'll be a different side on Saturday to the one the world saw on Monday.

"We have to be prepared for that, Alan Pardew's a fighter, he's not going to lie down and let us steamroller them. He'll be having them right fired up for it, we need to deal with that, the crowd and the occasion.

"What we need to happen is keep them quiet for 20 or 30 minutes, get the crowd on their backs and then stamp our authority on the match.

"That's what I'm hoping for on Saturday and we need to be not too fazed by what happened [to them] on Monday."

On a personal level, Nolan began the season with a bang by notching the Hammers' second in the victory over Cardiff. He ended up with ten to take the accolade of the Club's top scorer last season and wants to keep on experiencing the feeling of scoring vital goals.

He added: "When I look back on my season, if I score 15 goals and seven of them haven't meant anything, they don't really count for me. The ones which count are the goals like last week, when people are a little jittery, but then we've finished Cardiff off after a fantastic move.

"That's when you need the goals, and that's what I like to think I'm about as a leader, being able to pop up with one."


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