West Ham striker Andy Carroll is looking forward to his return to Newcastle
West Ham United loanee Andy Carroll admits he is looking forward to returning to former club Newcastle this weekend.
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Last Updated: 09/11/12 9:13am
The former Newcastle No.9 striker was jeered by home fans when he played at St James' Park with parent club Liverpool last season on his first return to the club after leaving Tyneside for Anfield in January 2011.
Carroll is expecting another hostile reception and he insists he is keen to get a win after losing with Liverpool last season.
"I am looking forward to going home," said Carroll. "I went back with Liverpool and I got a few boos and a bit of stick but it was all good.
"I want to go back now and hopefully win this time because last time I went we were beaten."
Carroll's West Ham team-mate Kevin Nolan, who is also coming up against his former club, hopes the big striker is shown some respect from the Newcastle fans.
"Andy might not get the best reception because I know he has been back there and got a bit of stick," said Nolan.
"I am hoping that Andy gets respect, as they know what efforts he put in when playing for Newcastle and helping them to be where they are today.
"I won't speak to him specifically about it before the game - he is a big character.
"We both had some fantastic times up there. Now 50,000 people are going to want to boo us. But if we went out in the evening they would probably still want pictures."
Carroll has failed to score in all six of his games for the Hammers since joining them on a season-long loan from Liverpool in August and Nolan hopes he can break his duck against Newcastle.
"Is Andy anxious? You have got to be joking," added Nolan.
"But we are all hoping that the first goal he scores for us is on Sunday.
"We want him to get off the mark and hopefully win the game for us and break a few hearts."