Monday 11 December 2017

Carroll claims a brace

West  Ham 3 West Brom 1

Arindam Rej

Andy Carroll answered Sam Allardyce's criticisms about his strikers' lack of goals with his first double in two years. Carroll's first was a trademark leap and header in the 16th minute and his second a brilliant turn and volley 10 minutes from time.

Carroll had only scored three goals in 20 appearances this season before this game but his performance added to the feeling that everything is falling into place for West Ham, following the good news about the Olympic Stadium. This victory further diminished their chances of being dragged into a relegation scrap. In between Carroll's efforts, Gary O'Neil even managed to score – his first for a year – in some style. A Ricardo Vaz Te run ended in him teeing up O'Neil for a clever, chipped effort.

"It was a great day," Allardyce said. "Andy showed that it's not just about aerial dominance with him. You won't see a better goal this season."

It was a frustrating afternoon for West Brom, whose goal from Graham Dorrans was scant consolation. Soon after, Youssouf Mulumbu was sent off for kicking a ball at O'Neil in frustration.

West Brom had early chances, as Gareth McAuley's scrappy finish was ruled out for his foul on Jussi Jaaskelainen but West Ham attacked well and deserved their two-goal half-time lead.

Albion made a better start to the second half only for Carroll to settle matters soon after. West Brom were awarded their late penalty though, struck in by Dorrans. West Brom's head coach, Clarke praised striker Carroll. "I worked with him at Liverpool and he had one of his better days," he said.


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