Captain's blog

We are all ready and raring to go against Nottingham Forest this Saturday.

The aim is to follow up on what was a well-earned and well-fought win away at Portsmouth last weekend, especially with Fratton Park being no easy place to go. We dug in and got the three points and now it is up to us to make that count even more with another good result and boss it here at home.

I mentioned that Fratton Park was a difficult place to play, their fans have made it an intimidating place, but despite that, all of you who made the trip to Pompey more than made yourselves heard and that was brilliant to hear. It was great to hear the singing and support which helped us on to an important victory, so on behalf of myself and all the lads, thanks to all of you.

We are getting there now after a little spell of injuries and suspensions and we are all on track in working towards our goal - promotion.

This Saturday's match against Forest is a pay on the day, so hopefully as many of you as possible will again be cheering us on. As you can see by my words in this blog, it does help us a lot. Forest may not have had the best of times lately, but it will be no easy match and a lot of patience is needed for us all to work and get a result.

A few other things I want to mention, a big congratulations to our Under-18 team who won through to the next round of the FA Youth Cup. Myself and some of the other lads were there to see them win and put in a great performance, so well done to them and all the Academy staff.

It is also two years ago this week since owners David Sullivan and David Gold took over the club. I have had a good working relationship with them since arriving here in the summer. I know they are doing all they can to back the team and get the club back up to the top flight and I am sure this is something they will continue to do and that can only be a good thing for our club.

As this is my first captain's blog of the new year, I do hope all of you had a safe and happy Christmas and I look forward to hopefully sharing what we hope is a great 2012 for all associated with West Ham United.

Make lots of noise for us on Saturday and we will do our best in return.

Come on you Irons!

Kevin Nolan