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The former supporters' favourite at St James' Park thanks the Geordie crowd for the reception that they gave him during the Hammers' 1-0 win on his return to the stadium on Sunday

West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan has thanked Newcastle supporters for giving him a welcoming reception when he returned to St James' Park with the Hammers on Sunday.

The 30-year-old scored the game's only goal but refused to celebrate as a mark of respect to the home support.

The former Bolton Wanderers player conceded that, while he was happy to have made the move to east London, he has fond memories of his time on Tyneside.

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"I loved everything about this club when I was here, and I still do," he told reporters.

"I have fond memories and many friends and my family enjoyed it up here. My little boy is a Geordie.

"I thought it was a fantastic performance from us. I was delighted to get the goal and just delighted with how the day went.

"I would like to thank the Newcastle fans for the fantastic support they gave me while I was here, and for the reception they gave me on Sunday.

"Obviously I could not have asked to have gone to a better club than West Ham for the following we have got and the commitment they have shown, so I'm delighted to be at another wonderful club.

"Hopefully I can do as well for them as I did up here."

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