West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan has turned up the heat on Aston Villa ahead of their clash tomorrow.

As the Hammers look to pile on the problems for boss Paul Lambert at Villa Park tomorrow Nolan says it is vital everyone is united.

The midfielder, 30, said: "When your team is struggling it's really important you stick together and don't start going off in your little cliques. If there's a problem you need to all sit round together and air your feelings.

"When the chips are down and there is an atmosphere about the place, a lot of people start worrying.

"We had a lot of big-name players at Newcastle and people were talking about the situation escalating and the club going down.

"But we stuck together and did what was right for the club."