Nolan - 'Our response was fantastic'

Kevin Nolan hopes he has seen the last of West Ham United's rescue acts for the time being, keen to get the Hammers firmly back on the front foot.

Following Saturday's 1-1 Barclays Premier League stalemate at Sunderland, Sam Allardyce's men have now conceded the first goal in three successive outings.

Impressively, they have still managed to collect seven points in the process, but skipper Nolan insists that falling behind is a habit they need to shake and need to shake quickly.

"It's something we've got to get out of our systems," he said. "Once we get ahead I think we could be one of those teams that can really start to punish sides. Gifting teams goals the way we have in previous games is not what we're about and not a habit we want to get into.

"We've been fantastic coming from behind in the last three games, but it's something we want to eradicate quickly, because in the Premier League, sooner or later, teams are going to hold out or hit us on the counter.

"But you can't fault the lads' effort, their response or the way we've been playing in the last few games. Three wins on the spin and then obviously this draw makes it ten points out of 12. If you'd have given us that a fortnight ago going into the Newcastle game, everyone would have taken that."

While Nolan was hardly about to underestimate the value of a point away from home, he still felt a tinge of disappointment that West Ham were not leaving the Stadium of a Light with all three.

He continued: "All in all you've got to respect the point when you get it, you're never going to get an easy game when you come away from home. I'm just a bit gutted that we had to come from behind and through no fault of our own.

"We're a bit disappointed with a few major decisions that didn't go our way, especially the penalty, which got their spirits up. The response from us was fantastic, again, and we could have gone on to win it. I thought we dominated the game throughout the 90 minutes, but it wasn't to be.

"You've got to respect the point, it's a tough place to come. Everyone finds it tough when they come to Sunderland. They're a good side and we had to respect that, so we're happy to leave with a point."

Saturday's draw sees the Hammers unbeaten in four and a November defeat by Everton is now the only blemish on a ten-game record that includes six wins and three draws. Nolan is still smarting about that reverse at Goodison Park and urged the Hammers to keep their latest undefeated sequence intact.

"Even that one defeat against Everton, we thoroughly deserved something out of it," he added. "So we're very disappointed that we've got that on the record, but it's now about trying to go as many games without defeat.

"We've got a few tough ones coming up, Leicester, who are fighting for their lives, next week at home and then we've got Chelsea, who are flying high. They've been fantastic, so we've got to go to Stamford Bridge and then Arsenal at home. It's going to be an exciting Christmas and hopefully one that we'll be celebrating."

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