Nolan is standing by Modibo Maiga, despite his scattergun form.
"None of us have criticised (Maiga), that's the main thing," he said.
"I don't think anyone has really criticised him, I think it's just the fact when you miss someone like Andy, you're going to talk about Andy, instead of the centre-forward who's actually playing.
"If he doesn't come in and score goals then it's all 'he's no Andy Carroll'. There's not many people like Andy Carroll, maybe Rickie Lambert, but I think they're a bit different here and there.
"Modibo Maiga's got other strengths, he's very good in the air for such a short lad. He's good on the floor. Very technically gifted, when he's in front of goal he's very calm.
"We've just got to start getting him those opportunities, he's been working so hard I'm delighted with him.
"I think he's been fantastic for us. He's been thrown in at the deep end.
"This boy has come over from Sochaux, he was upset that he wasn't playing a lot, he's knuckled down over the summer and he's getting his chance.
"Now it's up to him to start putting him in the back of the net."
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