Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v West Ham

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Ashton Gate

Last Game

Bristol C 0 - 1 West Ham

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 14:00

The FA Cup Fourth Round

Hammers plan Carroll appeal

Sam Allardyce says West Ham will appeal against the dismissal of Andy Carroll in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Swansea.

Last Updated: 02/02/14 at 07:21 Post Comment

Andy Carroll: Sent off by Howard Webb

Andy Carroll: Sent off by Howard Webb

The England striker was making only his third start of the season in the Premier League clash at Upton Park.

He twice provided cushioned headers for Kevin Nolan to score in the first half, before being sent off for an altercation with Swansea defender Chico Flores in the second.

Carroll caused chaos in the visiting defence, but on 59 minutes he received a straight red card from referee Howard Webb after appearing to brush the defender with his elbow.

"We will appeal it, yes," said Allardyce.

"We will hope that the appeal will work. Hopefully we don't lose Andy for three games.

"He's gutted. He's absolutely beside himself. We'll just have to go through the process and see what happens in midweek."

A three-match suspension would rule Carroll out for the rest of February and matches with Aston Villa, Norwich and Southampton.

Allardyce added: "All I can hope is that the panel, in the cold light of day, see it for what it is."

The Hammers boss blamed Flores for the sending off, which came after Carroll and the defender had been involved in an aerial duel.

When Swansea drew 0-0 with West Ham at the Liberty Stadium in October, Allardyce laughed in the face of Chico after the latter had gone to ground clutching his face and moaning following a challenge from Carlton Cole.

Allardyce said: "That was him squealing and centre-halves aren't supposed to squeal, are they?"

Referring back to Saturday's game, he said: "If we're going to red card people for that, then we might as well stop playing and I might as well retire.

"He (Webb) can't be absolutely certain of what's happened, except that Chico Flores is over-exaggerating, which is generally the norm for him unfortunately."

The win was West Ham's first at home in the Premier League since the November 30 defeat of Fulham and came after a morale-boosting 0-0 draw at Chelsea, after which Jose Mourinho accused Allardyce of deploying 19th-century tactics.

"It (the sending off) hasn't cost us anything by the actions and the brilliant 21st-century defending by the players," Allardyce added.

"And we got quality finishing today which is something we've been striving for on a consistent basis.

"It's a great result for us and one that's taken a little bit of pressure off."

Carroll's performance provided a major boost to Allardyce.

"His ability to hold the ball up and cause problems aerially is obviously his major strength," Allardyce said.

"He just needs to start scoring a goal or two, which is now his next challenge, in the hope we don't lose him.

"He's made two today for Kevin. Make another couple the next game and score one yourself."

Allardyce reserved special praise for Nolan.

"His contribution today all over the pitch was a proper captain's contribution," Allardyce said.

Saturday's win briefly took West Ham out of the drop zone, but they ended the day in 18th - behind West Brom on goal difference - after Stoke beat Manchester United.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Transfer news: Samuel Eto'o leaves Everton for Sampdoria on free transfer

Samuel Eto'o has completed his free transfer from Everton to Sampdoria on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Premier League: Stoke striker Bojan will miss remainder of the season through injury

Stoke forward Bojan will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a knee ligament injury against Rochdale.

Sky sources: Football Association to endorse Prince Ali's bid for FIFA presidency

Sky sources understand the Football Association will back Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein's bid to become FIFA president.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company