Nolan admits the barbs fired at the Geordie were getting on his nerves.
He said: "People looked in from the outside and gave him a lot of stick and I hope they are starting to eat their words now, because he is starting to show what he is about.
"You get the keyboard warriors having a pop at him and it all escalated. But they don't know what he is about. Now everyone is talking about the right things about him."
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