West Ham have enjoyed a decent start to the new season, claiming wins over Crystal Palace and Liverpool as manager Sam Allardyce looks to bounce back from a disappointing season last term. 'Big Sam' had been encouraged by the Hammers board to play a more attractive brand of football, which led to the summer arrivals of Carl Jenkinson, Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Diego Poyet, Morgan Amalfitano, Mauro Zarate, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia.
The 3-1 demolition of Liverpool is by far the biggest high of the season so far for West Ham, who came desperately close to picking up a point at Old Trafford this weekend. Trailing 2-1 against Manchester United, West Ham had a late goal from midfielder Kevin Nolan ruled out, with the former Bolton and Newcastle man adjudged to have strayed offside before tapping home from close range.
Despite the narrow defeat, captain Nolan believes that the club can kick on and finish in the top 10 of the Premier League this season - particularly with the new additions to their front line. However, Nolan did also say that the squad needs to cut out the silly mistakes which plagued them last season.
"We have to get into the top 10 - that is a realistic aim," said the 32-year-old. "We still have a lot of injuries and I've just come back, as has Carl Jenkinson. But because of the acquisitions, if we can keep that performance high and the tempo high, it's exciting times for us."
"We really deserved a draw and when it comes to a decision by the official that takes it away from you, it's disappointing," added Nolan on the Manchester United loss. "I'm gutted but there are lots of positives to take away. I'm just hoping we continue to play the way we have done over the last few weeks. If we do that we will get the results we deserve.
"We just have to eradicate the sloppy mistakes this year if we want to be successful. We've got goals in everyone now across our front line. We still have a lot to learn, but I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season."