Carroll believes West Ham forwards can halt the Moyes revival

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Roy Carroll has backed West Ham's strikers Bobby Zamora and Marlon Harewood to continue their recent run of form against Everton tonight.

The Hammers face their third away game in nine days and are determined to bounce back from last weekend's 3-2 defeat at Blackburn. Victory at Goodison Park could lift the Upton Park side to seventh place in the Premiership - depending on how Wigan get on against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Zamora and Harewood have both found form on the road, firing West Ham to victory at Birmingham and finding the net against Blackburn at the weekend.

"The two guys up front, Bobby and Marlon, have done very well these last two games and they'll be important again at Everton," said Carroll, the West Ham goalkeeper.

"We were disappointed with the result at Blackburn, especially after such a good win at Birmingham. But we've scored four goals in two away games and that's a real positive for us that we'll take into the Everton match."

West Ham's manager, Alan Pardew, criticised the referee Mike Riley for his performance in Saturday's game, which he said had hinged on a "harsh decision" to award Blackburn a penalty.

But Carroll insists West Ham have shaken off those frustrations and will not suffer from any after-effects on Merseyside.

"Even though we didn't get the result at Blackburn, it wasn't a poor performance," said Carroll. "It's a tough place to go and we can go into the Everton game definitely believing that we can take something away with us. Hopefully we can start at the back by keeping a clean sheet and then nick a couple of goals."

West Ham will have a different look at the back tonight with Christian Dailly set to replace the centre-half Danny Gabbidon, who required six stitches in his knee after colliding with advertising boards at Ewood Park.

"It was a big blow to lose him because he's a great player and he's been doing really well this season," Carroll said. "He and Anton [Ferdinand] have formed a great partnership and it will be a blow to not have him at Everton. But it's a chance for someone else to come in and hopefully we can continue to play as a unit."

The trip to Everton represents a far tougher task now than it might have done earlier this season. Everton have lost one of their last six games, a run which includes victories over Birmingham, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Blackburn, plus Sunday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

The Hammers midfielder Hayden Mullins, who is likely to continue as captain with Teddy Sheringham still suffering from a calf strain, said: "It's going to be a hard game at Everton. We have a quick opportunity to bounce back but they will be looking for three points just as much as us.

"We know they are in a good run of form, so it's going to be a hard place to go, with the result against Blackburn making it even harder, especially with the way we lost. But I'm sure we'll pick it up."

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