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The 29-year-old has spoken of his pride at leading the Hammers out in front of 38,000 fans at Wembley on Saturday but says his side must defeat Blackpool to make it worthwhile

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan says the pride of leading his side out in the Championship play-off final at Wembley will count for nothing if they lose.

The Hammers face Blackpool on Saturday with both sides battling for a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Nolan secured promotion in similar circumstances with Bolton in 2001 and insists he must produce his best on the day, despite the pressure involved.

"It will be amazing to lead the team out in front of 38,000 West Ham fans but it won't be remembered unless we win,” Nolan told The Independent.   

“That is the main thing for me. This is a massive game. You have to turn up and you have to produce your best to get to where you want to be."

The midfielder also spoke of his desire to repay the faith shown in him by the club's owners and manager Sam Allardyce.

"I owe them 110 per cent from the moment I walk in the door to the moment I leave,” he added.   

“That really drives me on because people have put so much faith and trust in me.

"I want them to be the best they can be for West Ham and, as weeks and months go by, I think we've got stronger as a group and come together more.

“I just hope to be sharing such a great moment with them all."

The 29-year-old joined the east London club from Newcastle in 2011 but revealed that he had targeted a long-term stay at St James' Park only to have a contract offer withdrawn.

"The most disappointing thing was thinking I was going to be at the club for a long, long time and that I would be part of something at the club,” Nolan added.

“Signing off to make sure we were ready for next season and a couple of days later, hang on a minute, what was on the table is now off the table.
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"I have respect for what Mike [Ashley] and Derek [Llambias] are doing up there because that's how they want to do it.

“I hold no grudges. I thank them for letting me get away and join another fantastic club.

"My only regret is not being able to see everything through that we started and that's probably what I'm more disappointed about.

“I went to Newcastle and we got relegated and then you become part of this great story. It was just great to be a big part of that.

“If I see Mike or if I see Derek, I'd shake their hands and I'm happy Newcastle are doing well.

“As I said, I don't hold grudges."

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