West Ham 3 West Bromwich Albion 1 match report: Andy Carroll hopes his goals will be worth an England place
Sunday 31 March 2013
Andy Carroll hopes his impressive double against West Bromwich Albion will persuade Roy Hodgson that he deserves an England recall this summer. Carroll has endured a difficult time since he joined West Ham on loan from Liverpool last August, but the 24-year-old looked back to his best on Saturday.
He powered a bullet header past Ben Foster to open the scoring, then scored an exquisite volley, watching James Collins' long ball down on to his right boot before firing home first time to seal the win, following Gary O'Neil's strike.
Carroll, who won the last of his nine caps as a substitute against San Marino last October, said: "I hope to play in every game for England but I've haven't been picked, so I've just got to work hard here at West Ham and, hopefully, I'll be involved next time.
"Obviously, I like to score goals, so getting two shows that I've got it. I was putting myself about and got two goals, so that's what I like to think I'm about."
Goals: West Ham United Carroll 16, 80, O’Neil 28. West Bromwich Albion Dorrans pen 88. Subs: West Ham Taylor 6 (Nolan, 69), McCartney (Demel, 78), Collison (Diame, 82). WBA Odemwingie (Yacob, 71), Rosenberg (Long, 71), Fortune (Dorrans, 88). Booked: West Ham Reid. WBA Long. Sent-off: WBA Mulumbu (90). Man of the match Carroll. Match rating 7/10. Possession: West Ham 55%. WBA 45%. Attempts on target: West Ham 8. WBA 11. Referee A Marriner (W Mids). Attendance 34,966.
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