West Ham captain Nolan thrilled to reach 100 career goals

The Hammers attacking midfielder netted his side's second against Wigan to reach the milestone, continuing a fruitful partnership with on-loan forward Andy Carroll
West Ham captain Kevin Nolan has expressed his delight at netting his 100th career goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over Wigan.

The midfielder linked up with Andy Carroll to score the Hammers' second at Upton Park and dedicated his achievement to two recently passed relatives.


"100 goals is a good turnout from anyone's career so I'm really delighted to get there," Nolan told the club's official website. "I was able to celebrate it and dedicate it to the memory of two people who were close to my family - my friend, Peter, and my auntie, who have passed away in the last couple of weeks.

"Hopefully I'm not finished yet; I'm looking for 101 now and that's the main thing. It won't hit me for a few days but I'll be able to look back, really enjoy it and savour the moment."

The 30-year-old's combination with Carroll continued a fruitful partnership after their previous time together at Newcastle and Nolan was quick to praise the centre forward.

"We have combined for quite a few goals," the skipper recalled. "He keeps reminding me and saying that it's never the other way around!

"The big man's been fantastic since he's come back into the team. He's looking really sharp and fit - he had another couple of good chances on Saturday.

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  "We seem to get on really well on and off the pitch, we just click and that's helped us with our games. You only have to look at how many games we've played and how many goals we've scored to see that.

"We feel we can score against anyone and cause anyone problems. I'm delighted that he's here and I'm hoping he will be for as long as I'm here."

Nolan also hailed the success of keeping a clean sheet against the Latics, setting themselves up for a fine end to the campaign.

"There's not a lot of things more satisfying than walking off that pitch with no goals conceded," he enthused. "Another clean sheet is brilliant - the back four were fantastic with us in front working our socks off.

"We can enjoy it but you have to remember we still have games in the Premier League to play. We're five unbeaten and we want to carry that on until the end of the season."