Kevin Nolan feels he has finally started to make amends to West Ham following his recent red-card shame. Whatever words were exchanged between Nolan and Allardyce after the game at Craven Cottage, the latter must have been suitably placated as he has continued as skipper, reverting from hot head to captain fantastic again. After his match-winning brace defeated Swansea last weekend, Nolan repeated the feat in a 2-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday, bagging his double in the first three minutes of the second half, to banish lingering memories of his two moments of madness. “I’ve worked with the gaffer since I was 17 years old and I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for me, especially over the last month when it’s been really tough,” Nolan told the club’s official website. “I really knew when that happened on New Year’s Day that the lads and the gaffer had my back, and I was overwhelmed by it. “The last couple of weeks, with the goals, that’s my little way of trying to give a bit back for the support they’ve given me. “If I can keep chipping away and get a few more goals then hopefully that’ll be a little way of paying back the stupidity that I suffered over the last month.” Back-to-back wins have enabled the Hammers to climb out of the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League ahead of another crunch relegation clash at home to Norwich on Tuesday. Appreciating the importance of the latest success as West Ham fight for top-flight survival, Nolan added: “The most important goals for me are the ones that win you games. Press Association “I’m just delighted I’ve been able to get a couple which have got us on the road to three points with another fantastic clean sheet. “I have had chances over the season, but it just hasn’t been falling right for me but now I feel confident and I’m really looking forward to games. “The camaraderie that’s been shown over the season to be able to stay in there has been brilliant. On Saturday again you’ve seen the togetherness and everything we’re about. “It’s not over yet, we know it’s going to be a big battle to the end of the season, but it’s one we’re all looking forward to.” There was a minor scare when Nolan limped off with a groin problem in the 68th minute, but he has insisted he will be “fine” to tackle the Canaries. With Nolan back in form, his presence is vital as West Ham attempt to further prove they can live without striker Andy Carroll. The England forward will serve the second of a three-match ban after the Hammers twice failed to overturn the red card he received in the game with Swansea. As Allardyce noted, the brace from Nolan “showed we don’t have to have an Andy Carroll to score goals”. With a platform beneath them courtesy of the wins, Allardyce knows now is the time to continue building. “It’s back-to-back wins for us, which at this stage of the season has taken a lot of pressure off us,” said Allardyce. “We got another clean sheet – 12 now for the season – and things are looking a lot better with 10 points from the last five games. “Now we have to try and improve, to make sure we finish with more points than games played. “We’ve played 25 games with 25 points, so let’s try and better that total on Tuesday when we play Norwich.” For Villa, it was their eighth home league defeat of the campaign, and although they twice struck the woodwork, those chances only came once they started playing after falling two goals adrift. With a crucial trip to second-bottom Cardiff looming on Tuesday, boss Paul Lambert has warned his players there can be no repeat of the basic errors that proved their undoing against West Ham. “The two goals were unacceptable,” said Lambert. “At this level you cannot defend the way we did.” After Nolan was sent off for the second time in four matches for recklessly lashing out at Fulham’s Fernando Amorebieta in a 2-1 defeat on New Year’s Day, furious boss Sam Allardyce threatened to strip the 30-year-old of the captaincy. As well as serving a four-match ban, in addition to the three that followed his dismissal for a lunge at Jordan Henderson in a 4-1 humbling against Liverpool at Anfield on December 7, it is understood Allardyce fined the midfielder a fortnight’s wages, understood to be £100,000.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Newgioco cuts first half loss despite revenue decline Online gaming operator and supplier Newgioco Group has reported an 18.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, though reduced operating costs saw the business halve its net loss for the period.Turnover for the six months to 30 June fell 11.1% to $210.0m, with a 4.0% rise in online turnover to $182.2m wiped out by a 54.4% drop in retail’s contribution. This period saw Newgioco’s 150 betting shops in its core Italian market closed from 8 March to 4 May as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and major sporting events cancelled or suspended.It was not until 19 June that all land-based betting shops and kiosks were all back in operation.After payouts of $192.5m, Newgioco’s gross gaming revenue was down 14.6% at $17.6m. Once Italian gaming taxes of $2.6m were paid, and platform revenue of $24,797 (down 85.7%) factored in, Newgioco’s revenue for the first half came to $15.0m, down 18.5% year-on-year.The retail shut-down and suspension of sports did result in a decline in operating costs for the period, which fell 21.5% to $15.9m, resulting in a reduced operating loss of $896,472.However, other costs were significantly reduced, falling from $2.6m in H1 2019 to $881,377. This was down to a $722,500 gain on marketable securities, while interest expenses declined to $173,073 and debt amortisation charges fell 64.3% to $737,074.This resulted in a $1.8m loss before tax, which after income taxes of $590,097 resulted in a net loss of $2.4m, down 51.6%. Once a $93,514 foreign exchange loss was factored in, Newgioco’s comprehensive loss for the half was reduced 50.3% to $2.5m.This followed a second quarter in which revenue was down 47.2% to $4.8m. Turnover for the three months to 30 June only decreased marginally, however, falling 5.2% to $94.1m as growth in online stakes offset retail wagering falling to $4.2m.Costs and expenses declined 29.0% to $6.8m, resulting in an operating loss of $2.0m, up significantly from a $523,703 loss in the prior year. Once again, other expenses fell significantly due to reduced interest expenses, lower debt amortisation charges and a gain on marketable securities.But with revenue for the quarter falling, this still translated to higher losses. Loss before income taxes widened to $2.5m. After $62,059 in income taxes, Newgioco’s net loss grew 42.0% to $2.5m, which after a $18,516 gain from foreign currency translations, resulted in a comprehensive loss of $2.5m for the period, up 46.7%. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Southern Europe Italy Online gaming operator and supplier Newgioco Group has reported an 18.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, though reduced operating costs saw the business halve its net loss for the period. 20th August 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Finance Email Address Topics: Finance Sports betting Tech & innovation