Adam Enjoying Life

Adam Nowland says he is enjoying every moment of life at West Ham as he looks to establish himself as a first team regular following his move from Wimbledon.

"I am loving it; there is a great set of lads here who have helped me settle in and I just want to get some games under my belt," he says.

"At the moment I am just getting my head down and working hard."

Adam was one of seven ineligible players cheering from the stands on Tuesday against Fulham; it gave him the opportunity to encounter some supporters, as he did on Thursday of last week when the club held an Open Day.

"That was an amazing day; an unbelievable number of fans turned out and it just shows the level of support we have got," he says of the thousand plus turn-out.

"If the lads can take a bit of time out to meet and greet the fans and give them autographs it is our pleasure."

Adam was a second half substitute against Norwich in the last league encounter, and is looking to build on his three substitute appearances so far at the club.

Looking at the Norwich game, he says:

"The lads were gutted because we went to a team top of the league, outplayed them, had more chances than they did, thought we'd killed them off with the first goal, and let them back in there.

"We knew Huckerby would be the danger - he is a very good player, very sharp, and we thought we had sorted him out most of the day, and then you give him that bit of light and he punishes you."

The game saw Matthew Etherington sent off, of course, and he will now miss the upcoming game against Walsall at home as a result.

"We weren't happy about that and to be honest, the referee's overall performance on the day wasn't the best, though you can't say a lot about those sort of things these days," admits Adam.

"We made our feelings known to the referee, right or wrong, but you have to expect more from the officials' performance.

"All day we weren't getting any decisions, it was all going Norwich's way, and there were some shocking decisions - even Norwich's players were astounded by some of the decisions.

"The sending-off was ludicrous and Mattie has basically put the ball where he thinks he can play it.

"The referee is having a pop at him, he has moved it, he has had another pop at him, and he has gone and sent him off.

"The lads were shocked and it has knocked us back, really - but we had to organise and get on with it.

"Understandably the gaffer wasn't happy but we have worked our socks off for quite a while and been getting the results.

"We are trying to get a run together and got a draw at the top of the league that still hasn't made us happy."

There was something of a confrontation at the final whistle, but Adam says that merely serves to illustrate the intense desire to win that there is at West Ham.

"It is part of the game; everyone was heated up, it was nothing out of the ordinary, and decisions had cost us the game.

"Everyone was disappointed and angry but you have to get on with it and pick yourselves up," he insists.