West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan says his team's performance against West Bromwich Albion displayed the battling characteristics required to turn their season around.

With a squad already shorn of James Collins and Winston Reid because of injuries, the Hammers' defensive woes mounted early on when James Tomkins had to hobble off with a groin problem.

With a makeshift centre-half pairing and facing a 2-1 interval deficit, West Ham could easily have folded, but instead they gathered themselves again and turned the game around in a two-minute spell, only to be pegged back once more by Saido Berahino.

Having come from behind once, but seen leads slip by twice, Nolan held mixed emotions at the game's conclusion.

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He said: "One thing that came through was the spirit and the unity, with everything that's going on at the minute with injuries.

"That was more like us on Saturday, on the front foot and getting in people's faces. I just feel disappointed that my goal wasn't a winner. We have to take the positives out of it again, I thought we didn't get what we deserved on Boxing Day [in losing 3-1 to Arsenal], and we didn't get it again on Saturday.

"Hopefully, the New Year will bring us new luck and for us it's going to be a good second half of the season.

"I felt that we should have won it. We were the better team throughout, but you can't go to sleep when you've got somebody like Nicolas Anelka against you, because that [score twice] is what he does.

"Going 2-1 down at half-time was very harsh on us, but we responded well. We calmed everything down and got ourselves ahead with two well-worked goals.

"We were really on the front foot, but a moment of quality from Berahino - you've got to give the lad that - has got them level with a great strike off the post."

The Hammers travel to Fulham next for a New Year's Day London derby and Nolan insists that more of the same from the east Londoners will result in an upturn in form.

He added: "We believe in what we're doing. We've got the January transfer window coming, where the Chairmen says they are going to back the manager. That's fantastic news for him and it'll give us all a lift to see a few new faces come in.

"We'll have a lot of boys coming back from injury, but we lost James Tomkins on Saturday, we lost James Collins on Boxing Day, so we had two lads who are right-back and left-back by trade go into the centre of defence and play against one world class striker and another who's up and coming. They did a fantastic job, and it shows what we've got as a squad and as a team.

"I'm proud to be leading them and we will continue to stick together and do what we're doing, because I believe that the tables will turn, our fortunes will turn and the New Year will bring new luck.

"We've put in two good performances in a couple of days, now we've got to rest up and get everything right, which we will because the staff here are fantastic. We have to do that and make sure that when it comes to Wednesday afternoon we're raring to go again.

"If we put in another performance like that it'll give us a good chance to get the three points. We're looking forward to it and the boys want to put it right. We have a lot of fighters here and I'm sure we'll be happy at the end of the season."