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Carroll wants Hammers to fight on both fronts


Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll believes West Ham can add to a fine campaign in the Premier League by pushing to win FA Cup silverware.

The Hammers host Everton in a third-round replay tomorrow night after being denied victory on Merseyside last week, but Carroll says Romelu Lukaku's last-gasp equaliser has done nothing to stop their belief that they could make a mark in the competition this year.

West Ham have not won the FA Cup since Trevor Brooking's famous Wembley winner against Arsenal in 1980 although they were losing finalists in 2006, when they suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat to Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

"There's nothing better than a cup run for everyone involved at West Ham and I feel this is the season where we could go a long way in it," Carroll said after scoring superbly from the edge of the box in a 1-1 league draw at Swansea. "There's no reason we can't have a good cup run. We've had a good run this season, so why can't we carry that on in the FA Cup?

"I thought we could have won the other day (at Everton) and we were unlucky at the end when we conceded.

"But all the lads are looking forward to the replay and hopefully getting through to the next round."

Carroll claimed his fourth goal of the season against Swansea as he once again showed his liking for playing against the Welsh club.

The 26-year-old scored twice in West Ham's 3-1 victory over Swansea at Upton Park little more than a month ago, set up both Kevin Nolan goals in a 2-0 home win last season and had previously netted at the Liberty Stadium in his Newcastle days.

"It's a good team to play against for me as I've scored a few goals," Carroll said. "It was a good goal, one of my best, and it was a great time to score just before half-time."