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Carroll pleased with points

Andy Carroll was more pleased to help West Ham United get back to winning ways than to make his return to the starting line-up.

Last Updated: 02/02/13 at 18:10 Post Comment

Andy Carroll: Scored a trademark header in the 77th minute to defeat Swansea Cit

Andy Carroll: Scored a trademark header in the 77th minute to defeat Swansea Cit

The on-loan Liverpool striker made his first start since November following injury when featuring in Sam Allardyce's first XI against Swansea City on Saturday.

And Carroll marked the occasion with a fine display and a 77th minute header to earn West Ham only their third win in two months

The striker, who could make a permanent summer move to Upton Park, told Sky Sports: "It was a great feeling to get 90 minutes, get the three points and, obviously, get the goal.

"I did not find out until today that I was going to start and I was obviously over the moon with the decision.

"I just had to work hard, run around and keep the ball as much as I could with being up there by myself.

"It was a tough game and I am just happy we got the three points."

PlayerAndy Carroll
TeamWest Ham United
Minutes On Pitch90
Goal Attempts 
Goals1
Mins per goal90
Shots On Target2
Shots Off Target2
Shooting Accuracy50%
Chance Conversion25%
Blocked Shots0
Passing 
Goal Assists0
Chances created (inc. Assists)4
Mins per chance created22
Total Passes37
Pass Completion %59%
Dribbling 
Dribbles & Runs2
Dribble Completion %100%

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