West Ham United would have headed into their FA Cup fifth round tie against West Bromwich Albion quietly confident of progressing in a competition that has thrown up more than a few shocks already this season.
With the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur already out, the winners of this match would have known they were closing in on a place at Wembley; but while the Hammers have impressed most in the league it was the Baggies who sealed the win in devastating fashion.
Prior to this match, few would have foreseen a 4-0 victory for West Brom, but that is what happened, with West Ham heading back to London to focus fully on a Premier League campaign that still offers much.
It is fair to say West Ham were not at the races this weekend, but one player came in for more criticism than most after the final whistle.
Kevin Nolan only played 60 minutes of the match – replaced by Morgan Amalfitano on the hour-mark only for the latter to be sent off shortly after.
Nolan was making his 23rd senior appearance of the season, but the captain was unable to inspire his side to victory.
After the match, we took to Twitter to see what West Ham fans made of Nolan’s performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Kevin Nolan should retire, he's so slow and his touch is woeful! What does he actually offer West Ham?!— Scott Craig (@scottyboy2387) February 14, 2015
Kevin Nolan is absolutely awful— Josh Allison (@joshjayallison) February 14, 2015
Kevin Nolan is so so terrible .. Allardyce cost us this game. Bad tactics and team selection.. Has to be Nolans last season.— NixonWhufc (@DNixon90) February 14, 2015
@RobbieSavage8 big Sam needs to go tactics were bad. We need a new manager with fresh ideas no Kevin Nolan.— Me (@paulduval71) February 14, 2015
Kevin Nolan has no place in the Premier League let alone being a club captain. He needs to go.— Stuart Fletcher (@sgfletch) February 14, 2015
Kevin Nolan needs to call it a day, absolutely thieving— Daniel Staley (@Danstaley54) February 14, 2015
The sooner we transfer Kevin Nolan to the sea, the better— Wile E Kouyaté (@tomvictor) February 14, 2015