West Ham‘s 1-0 win yesterday.
The midfielder joined the Hammers from the Magpies at the beginning of last season and marked his first game back on Tyneside with the winner, giving Sam Allardyce’s side their first win at St. James’ Park for 14 years and lifting them to sixth in the Premier League.
And the West Ham captain, who refused to celebrate his goal, has admitted it was an emotional return to the place he once called ‘home.’
He told West Ham’s official site: “It was the perfect scenario for me, of course.
“It was quite emotional when I did score a goal because I had a little moment just after it. I was never going to celebrate and I never will [against Newcastle].
“I am just delighted for us because we got the three points and it moves us further up the table and it keeps us in the mix.”
Nolan also paid tribute to the Newcastle fans who applauded his return before, during and after the clash on Sunday afternoon.
“I was a bit emotional because the reception they gave me was unbelievable. I had a fantastic time here,” he admitted.
“I would like to thank the Newcastle fans for the fantastic support they gave me while I was here and for the reception they gave me on Sunday.
“Obviously I could not have asked to have gone to a better club than West Ham for the following we have got and the commitment they have shown, so I’m delighted to be at another wonderful club. Hopefully I can do as well for them as I did up here.”