Carroll earns Allardyce praise

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce hailed striker Andy Carroll’s

“world class” contribution to Saturday’s 3-1 win over West

Brom.

The England international, on loan from Liverpool, scored twice

in a win that helped allay lingering fears of a relegation battle

for the Hammers.

Having headed the home side in front from a first-half corner,

Carroll’s second was a sublime first-time volley having allowed the

ball to drop over his shoulder from a free-kick with 10 minutes

remaining.

In Allardyce’s opinion, the goals were just reward for an

all-round performance of the highest quality from the

24-year-old.

“His performances have equalled that, but he has not put the

ball in the back of the net as regularly as we would have liked,”

Allardyce asserted.

“Getting a brace today is fantastic for him, and today showed

what he is all about.

“He’s not just strong in the air, as people perceive is his only

strength, it’s the quality on the floor, the hold-up play and then

the technique on the volley, as we saw, was outstanding.

“It was a world-class finish, nobody can take that away from

him, it was outstanding.”

Allardyce had talked before the match of a need for five points

from the remaining nine games to secure a place in the Premier

League, a matter that is of even more importance with a move to the

Olympic Stadium pencilled in for 2016.

“With Wigan winning and closing the gap it was a very important

win for us today, it puts us back in 11th spot so we’re moving back

up the table. We’ve been hovering around there all season, so it

shows the consistency,” he added.

“There’s a new future ahead for West Ham, and it’s a focus to

build for that future. I only focus on the next game, get the club

in a position to re-plan and organise for next season. We’re not

quite there yet, but we’re looking very comfortable.”

Allardyce also confirmed that substitute George McCartney had

hobbled off late on with a recurrence of a knee injury that had

kept him out of action for four months.