Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Carroll nets twice as West Ham beat West Brom 2-1

Carroll nets twice as West Ham beat West Brom 2-1

WBA played well last night at the London Stadium; they scored a good first half goal and had chances to score again in the second.

Salomon Rondon wasn't far away from handing the visitors the lead with their first meaningful foray forward, chipping over the stranded Adrian after seizing onto some hesitant defending from Winston Reid.

In the mean time, Moyes remains cautious about the impact Carroll can have on West Ham's lingering battle against the threat of relegation.

It is said that Stoke have told the east London that the 40-cap Wales global is not for sale at any price, but the Hammers may well proceed with a £15million transfer attempt, with midfield reinforcements one of David Moyes' priorities during the current window.

But Carroll claims he feels fully fit after another season plagued by niggling injuries, and believes he brings a lot more to the side than just goals.

The visitors opened the scoring, with only their sixth goal on the road this season, on the half hour when McClean cut inside from the left.

"We were exhausted second half, physically and mentally".

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And Carroll insists the West Ham fans deserve the win, which builds on the Hammers' good run. Mark Hughes, the Potters manager, is adamant that Allen will not be sold.

Moyes insisted there is keen competition for places amongst his strike force, who have come alive of late following a hard start to the campaign: "The competition here at centre-forward is high, there are five here".

Both clubs are said to be investigating the matter, with statements expected later on Wednesday, and while there is no official confirmation about what caused the incident, some reports from the stadium corroborate suggestions that the abuse had escalated throughout the evening.

This Tweet was typical of the disappointment with Reid's performance.

Pardew's response was to send Hal Robson-Kanu on in place of Jake Livermore, who appeared to become involved in a spat with a supporter sat close to the dugout before departing down the tunnel.

He must hope that Moyes believes in the hoary old adage - "never change a winning team" - because he needs to make every post a victor.

This isn't the end of Winston Reid at West Ham, but it's fair to say he's at the crossroads unless he can recapture his imperious All Whites form soon.

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