Kevin Nolan: "We can't afford to panic"

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Kevin Nolan insists that West Ham United cannot panic despite a lack of goals seeing them slip into the Premier League's bottom three.

West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan has insisted that they will not panic despite their struggles in front of goal resulting in them slipping into the Premier League relegation zone.

The Hammers have struggled to find the net in the absence of injured record-signing Andy Carroll and have the joint-worst attack in the top flight, having only scored four times in six matches.

They have not won in the league since the opening day of the season, but Nolan has stressed that a change of fortune could be just around the corner and may even come in Sunday's all-London clash with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

"We can't afford to panic," he told the Daily Star. "We understand the position we're in. I've been in this type of position at this stage of the season before. At the minute, things are just not falling for us and refereeing decisions are absolutely killing us.

"Spurs are in a great run of form but it's a local derby and we're going to go there with nothing to lose and have a good go at them. Hopefully it'll be the start of the little run that we need.

"When your major signing cost £15million and he's not playing, it's going to affect you. But it's down to the lads to step up to the plate. We've just got to keep fighting, creating the chances and one of them will go in. Hopefully we'll start creating more chances and also start converting them."

Mark Noble, Joe Cole and Ravel Morrison, as well as Nolan, are the only players to have scored for West Ham in the Premier League this season.

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