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Carroll relieved to be off the mark

Andy Carroll says his first goal in West Ham colours - a late header in the 3-1 defeat at Tottenham - was long overdue.

Carroll struck from a Joey O'Brien cross, but the Hammers were well beaten by then thanks to two Jermain Defoe strikes and a Gareth Bale goal.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce lambasted his "overawed" players after their defeat, and Carroll told the West Ham website they had contributed to their own downfall.

He added: "It [the goal] was about time, to be honest. I'm just grateful to have got off the mark, and hopefully there will be more to come this week.

"It was a great ball in by Joey O'Brien and I just had to get up and head it across the goalkeeper. I've put myself about and been involved in our goals in previous matches, but thankfully one has gone in for me.

"It's just a disappointing result, as we made mistakes for all three of their goals. We should have done better."

Carroll, on loan in east London from Liverpool, praised Spurs for their "passing, rhythm and pace" and warned that the Hammers faced further difficult tests in the games ahead.

"We have got a tough week coming up, with Manchester United and then Chelsea and Liverpool, so we just have to put this behind us now and focus on Wednesday," he said.

"We're going to have to concentrate 100% on Wednesday, which is going to be another tough game."


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