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The Magpies boss admits that his struggling team are missing the sort of leadership on the pitch of which the West Ham captain - who previously played for them - has plenty

Alan Pardew has cited a lack of leadership and experience as the main reasons for Newcastle's poor season, believing that they miss former captain Kevin Nolan, whom they will face on Saturday as skipper of West Ham.

The Magpies finished fifth last season but have found themselves struggling to pick up the points following a combination of injury woes and the club's financially driven recruitment policy of bringing in players no older than 26 from competitively priced overseas markets, particularly France.

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Pardew told reporters: "I think one of the problems I faced in this group if I am honest is not a language problem, not a cultural problem, it's been inexperience. We still have a lot of inexperience on the pitch.

"Nous is a word I use a lot about Kevin Nolan. He really knows how to win Premier League games. That's what we're up against. Kevin finds scoring positions through nous. He is sniffing chances out. It's a worry for us. West Ham have a lot of nous.

"What Kevin has is a real knowledge of how to win games. As [West Ham and former Newcastle manager] Sam Allardyce does, and that's what we are up against on Saturday. James Collins, Mark Noble, these are players who I know very well and they have nous.

"In terms of leadership in the group we have got leadership but in different ways.

"I wouldn't say Colo [Fabricio Coloccini] is like Kevin, I wouldn't say [Yohan] Cabaye is like Kevin, or Shola [Ameobi] is like Kevin but they are kind of our leading group and we look to them now."

"Nous is a word I use a lot about Kevin Nolan. He really knows how to win Premier League games. That's what we're up against. Kevin finds scoring positions through nous. It's a worry for us. West Ham have a lot of nous."

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