West Ham deserved win against Sunderland, says Nolan

Kevin Nolan
Kevin Nolan

WEST Ham skipper Kevin Nolan insists that his side deserved all three points against Sunderland – despite relying on a stoppage-time leveller to grab a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet made a fantastic save to keep out Nolan’s bicycle kick on the stroke of half-time, but was beaten by the former Newcastle midfielder deep into added time in the second half as the hosts rescued a point.

Nolan said: “We were delighted to the get the point in the end but could have and probably should have had all three.

“I didn’t think it was going to be my day when he (Mignolet) got down and clawed that one away and also had the scissor-kick over my head that went just wide.

“You start thinking ‘Is it going to be my day?’ but we kept plugging away and managed to create another half-chance and I managed to stick it away, even though he got another good hand on it.

“Thankfully he couldn’t keep it out!”

It was Nolan’s third goal of the season, with the newly-promoted Hammers enjoying a decent start to life back in the top flight.

Nolan added: “I’ve got a good goalscoring record and I am just delighted to have started off so well this season.

“That’s my third goal and I’m just delighted. It’s more about goals that are going to get us points that are vital to us and that was another vital goal.

“It’s a fantastic point in the end, but we feel it should have been three even though we scored in the last minute of the game.”