Why can’t West Ham’s skipper play at Upton Park?

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce gives his insight on why there seems to be a different Kevin Nolan at home and away this season

One of the great mysteries at West Ham this season is the differing form displayed by skipper Kevin Nolan at home and away.

At Upton Park his displays have been lethargic and decidedly average, but on his travels he has scored at Doncaster, Nottingham Forest and now Crystal Palace as well as putting in fine performances.

Manager Sam Allardyce thinks he has put his finger on the difference though.

“I think he gets more space, more opportunites to get forward,” suggested the boss.

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“The team is playing better, they have better possession and they are creating more opportunites.

“There are a few players who I have to say are playing better away from home than they are at home.

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“We have got a lot of experience, we shouldn’t be like that. I think in the end we will deliver the same performances and results at Upton Park because as a squad we should only get better from here on in.”

There you have it then!

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