Saturday 29 April 2017

Carroll brace helps Hammers move on

Middlesbrough 1 West Ham Utd 3

West Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Middlesbrough. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA
West Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Middlesbrough. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA
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Whiplash victim Andy Carroll ensured the Dimitri Payet saga was forgotten for 90 minutes as he fired West Ham to victory.

The resurgent striker gave the visitors the lead with a brutal ninth-minute header and then helped himself to a second from close range after Cristhian Stuani had levelled.

Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo and Bernardo Espinosa in action. Photo: Scott Heppell/Reuters
Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo and Bernardo Espinosa in action. Photo: Scott Heppell/Reuters

The Hammers, who claimed a third in added time through substitute Jonathan Calleri, had earlier been lucky as Stuani was denied a second equaliser by the crossbar after charging down Aaron Cresswell's attempted clearance.

Wantaway Payet remains absent, but West Ham had enough firepower without him. Any fears that Carroll's injury, suffered in last week's win against Crystal Palace, when he scored a stunning overhead kick, might hamper him were dispelled within nine minutes. He lost his marker and rose to power a trademark header past Victor Valdez from a corner.

Boro rallied and levelled when right-back Calum Chambers crossed for Stuani to slide the ball back across the helpless Darren Randolph. The Hammers rode their luck but went back in front when Michail Antonio burst towards goal and unleashed a powerful long-range effort which Valdes could only parry and Carroll was on hand to slam home the rebound. Further good chances fell to the visitors before Calleri made sure with a deflected shot.

West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna (left) and Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo battle for the ball. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA
West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna (left) and Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo battle for the ball. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA

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