Noble prize: Mark Noble and Andy Carroll celebrate the second goal for West Ham

West Ham warned over pushing Andy Carroll too hard

Assistant manager Neil McDonald warns against rushing the England striker

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Antonio Valencia, David Moyes, Sam Allardyce and Andy Carroll and Matt Jarvis

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Andy Carroll and Mark Noble celebrate after the latter scores the second goal in the 2-0 win over Cardiff

Cardiff City 0 West Ham 2 match report: Mark Noble effort wraps up points for Big Sam Allardyce

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coronation as manager turns into a wake for timid Cardiff as West Ham lift themselves out of the relegation zone and celebrate the return of Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll has yet to make an appearance for West Ham since signing for £15m last summer

Sam Allardyce banking on talismanic Andy Carroll to save West Ham’s season

Sam Allardyce believes Andy Carroll need only take a seat on the bench to provide his West Ham United team-mates and the club’s supporters with a significant and timely fillip as they end a tumultuous week by resuming their struggle to stay in the Premier League with a key fixture at Cardiff City.

Billy Davies (L), Harry Redknapp (C) and Slaven Bilic (R) have all been linked with the West Ham job should Sam Allardyce be sacked

Billy Davies, Harry Redknapp or Slaven Bilic could replace Sam Allardyce if West Ham sack their manager

Davies is believed to be on the club's radar after he guided Nottingham Forest to a 5-0 FA Cup win over the Hammers last Sunday

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been backed by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers for doing an 'excellent job' given the number of injuries his squad have

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claims Sam Allardyce is doing an 'excellent job' at West Ham despite threat of being sacked

Allardyce needs a win against Cardiff or will likely be out of a job this weekend but Rodgers has backed the Hammers manager given the number of injuries he's had to deal with

Sam Allardyce looks to the sky during West Ham's 6-0 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday

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The Sport Matrix: Friday 10 January

Defiant Allardyce: West Ham will ‘come out fighting’

Ishak Belfodil (R) of Internazionale Milano

Transfer news: West Ham close in on Inter Milan striker Ishak Belfodil

Algerian forward will be well-needed striking cover for the Upton Park club should the deal go through

Sam Allardyce looks on during West Ham's 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City on Wednesday
Sam Allardyce looks less than impressed as his West Ham side succumbed to a 6-0 defeat to Manchester City

Manchester City 6 West Ham 0: Sam Allardyce admits fears over his Hammers future if results don't improve

West Ham manager has seen his side concede 11 goals in five days that has effectively dumped them out of both cup competitions

Sam Allardyce cuts a frustrated figure as he watches his team suffer yet another heavy defeat

Manchester City v West Ham United: ‘Our players could not cope with them,’ says West Ham manager Sam Allardyce

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has declared a determination not to quit as West Ham United manager, blaming defensive injuries for his side's 6-0 battering by Manchester City in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg led to calls for him to step down.

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 8 January 2014

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