Carroll has a lovely pop at wantaway star Payet

Date published: Sunday 15th January 2017 12:00

Andy Carroll had a pointed message for Dimitri Payet after his wonder goal helped West Ham to a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

West Ham have had a difficult week, with Slaven Bilic revealing that Payet was refusing to play for the team and angling after a move to Marseille.

But the players and manager put that behind them with a convincing win over Palace, to move within five points of seventh place.

It included an outrageous flying overhead kick from Carroll, who was understandably passionate after the game.

“I don’t think any player is bigger than the club,” Carroll said.

“That’s what the lads believe, the manager, all the staff and the fans. We showed we’re a tight group and got three points for it.

“We have answered a few of the critics, with everything that has been going in during the week and everyone talking.

“I have received a lot of calls and messages and it has been the same for the other players.

“It has been tough, especially as the lads are close to one another.

“To put all that behind us and work as a team has been fantastic. All the lads in the dressing room were fantastic and professional.

“They know what it means to the fans and the club. We stuck together and everyone is hungry and dedicated. It showed in the performance.”

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