Kevin Nolan explains why he's feeling burdened at West Ham

Kevin Nolan

West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan is feeling the pressure of a personal landmark.

West Ham United midfielder Kevin Nolan has explained to the club’s website that he’s starting to feel burdened by the pressure to score.

Nolan is currently on 99 league goals and it’s a landmark he wants to knock off as quickly as possible for the sake of himself and the team.

“Yes. I’m glad I got a couple of chances on Saturday and I’m hoping that the next chance goes in. It’s starting to become a bit of a burden as people are starting to mention it a bit more,” said Nolan.

“I’ve just got to keep working hard and hopefully something will fall for me. Hopefully one will go in off my backside or something!”

Nolan hasn’t had the best of seasons for West Ham, but he deserves credit for finding a way to motivate himself when he does get game time.

He’s the sort of individual who is more concerned about the team than personal goals and he’ll most likely reflect on the personal achievements he secured during his career when he’s retired.

For now, he’ll be focused more on West Ham ending the season well and if his 100th goal helps the team into the Premier League’s top eight, that’s something he’ll choose to focus on more.

He’s the captain and needs to lead by example in all areas, with West Ham looking for a way to improve on a record of one win since the FA Cup victory against Bristol City.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch