Allardyce sings Carroll’s praises


Published: Sunday 7th December 2014 by The News Editor

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce was full of praise for Andy Carroll after the striker hit two goals in their win over 10-man Swansea.

The 3-1 victory takes the Hammers up to third in the Barclays Premier League as their impressive start to the season continues.

Heading into the game Allardyce revealed he had opted to sign Carroll instead of Wilfried Bony in the summer of 2013, with the latter eventually moving to Swansea instead.

Since then Bony has been in great form and opened the scoring here only for Carroll, whose time at Upton Park has been plagued by injury, to hit his first goals in nine months to turn the game on its head.

Substitute Diafra Sakho added a third in the closing stages after having earlier been fouled by Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski – who was shown a red card as a result.

But the day belonged to Carroll, who embraced his manager after heading home his second of the game, and Allardyce felt it was a stand-out performance for the England international.

“I have to say it was very close to it and when he has scored two at the end you would have to say yes,” said Allardyce when asked if Carroll had just played his best game since joining the club.

“His movement and the quality of our balls into the box is very apparent. He is 100 per cent fit because he played all the games this week and his recovery has been good.

“Because he scored two it will make you run around more to try and get the hat-trick.”

Carroll’s brace doubled his Premier League haul for the Hammers since his move from Liverpool was made permanent and the 25-year-old enjoyed his afternoon.

”It was a tough game and I was getting held a bit but we got the two goals and got the win,” he told Sky Sports 1.

”It means a lot to the lads and it obviously means a lot to get back on the scoresheet.

”I’ve played a few games and I have felt like I am back but obviously, until you score, you don’t feel you’re definitely back and now I’ve got two today it means a great deal.”

Swansea manager Garry Monk, who has still only led his side to one win on the road this term, was left ruing what he felt was the worst display he had seen for some time.

“I just don’t think we ever reached the levels we have done this season,” he said.

“That is the first time I can say that, in all the games we have played. We did not make enough correct decisions. The only time we did that we scored the goal.

“We didn’t do that enough and really some of the defending, we gifted it to them on a plate to be honest. No complaints with the result, we didn’t deserve anything from the game.

“We actually had our best spell when we went down to 10 men but it shouldn’t take a situation like that for us to play our best football. We gave them an early Christmas present I think.”

Monk also confirmed he would be considering an appeal against Fabianski’s dismissal having spotted an infringement by Sakho in the build-up.

“If you look at the build-up to it, he knocks the ball past the keeper with his hand,” he added.

“I don’t think we dealt with the situation leading up to that point very well but before Fabianski makes any contact whatsoever, the player knocks it past with his left hand.

“Realistically it should have been a free-kick to us, it wasn’t a clear goalscoring opportunity either – when you look at it with the replays it isn’t (a red card). Hopefully we will appeal it.”

Published: Sunday 7th December 2014 by The News Editor

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