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I have to say nolans fast becoming one of my favourite west ham players ever and I didn't have a good word to say about him this time last year,I just didn't get him? His captaincy,emphasis on team spirit,and goals have completely won me over,I love the way he signs for all the kids in the carpark after games in no rush to bugger off,proper proper fella kevin nolan,oozes class imho
Hasn't scored in six now I think and little loss of form ?.
Just doesn't seem to click as well with Carlton as he does with Carroll. Carlton won a lot of headers yesterday but seemed a lot like last season, didn't have much support.
Just an opinion.
In his column a couple of weeks ago, Dicksy alluded to the fact that in his opinion, if Nolan stops scoring he should be dropped. Dicksy is not a big fan, read his quotes and then read between the lines mate.
And as for Carlton not having much support, that's the gaffers tactics and game-plan - it's no accident. For the most part, it's packing five across the middle and then having those five sit very, very deep . . . that will always leave CC on his todd. Additionally, Cole may look even further exposed because some of our midfielders do not appear to give a good impression of Roadrunner and might be a tad on the pedestrian side of things
(FWIW, for the first time I've seen this season, IMO Jarvis was playing a little further forward than usual yesterday)
But back on topic - agreed, CC and Nolan do not yet appear to click.
Carroll's absence isn't the issue IMO - it's Diame's (and to a lesser degree Vaz Te, and maybe Yossi).
We're being dominated in midfield without him - that leads to Nolan playing deeper - and we're back to last season.
Nolan's finishing has been poorer in recent weeks and things aren't quite running for him - wrongly disallowed goals v Chelsea and Man City, yesterday the slight deflection that took a great volley inches wide....
Jarvis apart, our front 6 yesterday was the one that drew game after game in the Fizzy.
Nolan, Noble, Taylor, O'Neil........solid pros to a man, but hardly the jamaican 4 by 100 sprint relay, is it?
Cole and Nolan clicked perfectly well in the c'ship though. I guess more recently, when AC was playing, he was chasing back to get the ball, defending, drifting out wide, holding back and rarely getting into scoring positions himself, thus allowing Nolan to be the main frontman and nip into the box ahead of him.
Carlton is actually playing as out and out centre forward
Missed two great chances yesterday which on another day he would have taken. Overall his performances have been ok the last six games but as others have pointed out he needs better (technical) players around him to bring the best out of his own game.
Hopefully once Benayoun, Vaz Te and Diame return next month, Nolan should start banging the goals in again.
Good point. One, I must admit, that I had not considered. I shall reconsider what I was about to post.....
When you contribute little else other than goals and you aren't scoring, then you're playing badly.
He is a very good captain but that's not enough I'm afraid.
Needs a rest and hopefully will be back to himself soon.
He was going through a similar spell before he got sent off against Millwall last season I recall. As mentioned by others, maybe sitting out a game and hopefully watching the team beat Norwich (!) without him might be what he needs.
I'm glad that someone has bumped this thread as I have been distinctly underchuffed with our ccaptain since Carroll has been missing.
I don't mean to "dig out" Nolan but as captain he has been very anonymous on the pitch.
Half way through a campaign and he looks like he needs a rest already...when the chips are down the rest of the team need an inspirational leader; not seeing that in Nolan recently...something appears to be amiss with him. Spent too much time talking a good game without producing it when it matters. No more bull **** Kevin; time to step up.