Nobby's perfect finish

Kevin Nolan ended the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season in style by scoring a 'perfect' hat-trick in a 4-2 home victory over Reading.

The West Ham United captain opened the scoring with a left-foot tap-in before the break before netting a right-foot finish and header to complete a fine afternoon's work at the Boleyn Ground.

In between, Ricardo Vaz Te had put the Hammers 2-0 up before Garath McCleary and substitute Adam Le Fondre stunned the home faithful with two goals in three minutes early in the second period.

"We were great in the first half," Nolan confirmed. "We were fantastic and really put them under pressure and got the goals we deserved. We went in and came out relaxed and got punished for that.

"Fair play to Reading because they had a good go at us, but then the quality came through in the end and I'm delighted to say I got the two goals to ensure we got the win we deserved overall.

"That's the first perfect hat-trick I've scored. I have scored hat-tricks before, one against Ipswich and another against Sunderland for Newcastle, but I was delighted with that one. It's a bit special. That's ten goals for the season for me so I'm delighted."

Nolan has scored goals that matter for the Hammers this season, and he did so again to defeat the Royals on Sunday.

"That's one think I always say - I don't like scoring goals when we lose 3-1 or getting beat 2-0 and then scoring a consolation. I want to make sure we grab a draw or a win and my only goal that didn't matter this year was my one [in the 3-1 defeat] at Fulham.

"It's nice that I've helped us to make sure we finished in the top ten, which was a fantastic achievement by us."

Sunday's victory was a microcosm of West Ham's 2012/13 campaign - a strong start followed by a wobble in the middle and a resurgent finish.

"That sums it up perfectly. We had a fantastic start and then a lot of key injuries and people missing through suspensions but we managed to get it together and finished really strongly. We're delighted to have done that.

"It's now about going away and having a good summer and making sure we come back on 1 July raring to go."

Nolan was quick to praise manager Sam Allardyce for his influence during another successful season - setting the players realistic targets and goals which they have hit to finish inside the Barclays Premier League's top ten.

"I've worked with Sam for a long time and I always say that the thing with him is that he keeps things simple - on the pitch, off the pitch, in the dressing room or with the way he explains things. He breaks everything down so it is simple and I think it works. I enjoy working with Sam and I think this season we've done really well.

"We set out to be around the top ten and we've done that and finished in tenth. Next season, we'll have other targets but the main one is to stay in the Premier League because there is Second Season Syndrome - everyone knows about us and we won't get any easy rides at home where we've only lost four times this season. We'll also need to improve away from home.

"We know there is a lot of work do. We're happy with the season we've had and felt we got our just deserts. We've never been lower than 14th and it's something we want to achieve again next season, so we'll make sure we're ready and raring to go."

If West Ham are going to have another successful campaign in 2013/14, one area where they will need to excel is in attack.

The Hammers faithful implored Andy Carroll to join the Club on a permanent basis and, while any deal is yet to be struck, Nolan echoed those sentiments.

"To be honest, it's up to him. Anyone who has seen him around the place at close-quarters can see he enjoyed his time down here. We're hoping that we it will become a permanent move, but if not I'm sure Sam will get to work and do what he does best and bring in the next-best option for us and we can move on from there.

"It's going to be a long summer because we want to bring four or five new faces in who will make us better and more equipped for the Premier League and prepare us to get another good top-ten finish next year."