West Ham United: Andy Carroll happy to make such an impact on Hammers return against Stoke City

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 April 2018

West Ham United's Andy Carroll (second left) celebrates scoring his side's equalising goal against Stoke (pic Adam Davy/PA)

West Ham United's Andy Carroll (second left) celebrates scoring his side's equalising goal against Stoke (pic Adam Davy/PA)

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Striker earned east Londoners a point in Premier League clash with Potters

West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna (right) gets away from Stoke City's Moritz Bauer (pic Adam Davy/PA)West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna (right) gets away from Stoke City's Moritz Bauer (pic Adam Davy/PA)

Andy Carroll marked his return to West Ham United action with a valuable goal against Stoke City in the Premier League, and the striker is delighted to be back.

The 29-year-old had been absent since the trip to Tottenham Hotspur in January, with an ankle injury keeping him on the sidelines.

With the Hammers trailing to a Peter Crouch goal for the Potters, Carroll was introduced to the fray in the 86th minute.

Carroll’s introduction had the desired affect, with the England international volleying home in the 90th minute to earn West Ham a share of the spoils.

It was a timely reminder of the target man’s goal threat, and also he technical ability, and Carroll was thrilled to be back playing after his spell on the sidelines.

“It’s been tough, very tough and frustrating. I’ve been in the gym most days. It’s been tough, but I’m back on the pitch now, so it’s all good,” he said.

Carroll could only watch on from the bench as Crouch opened the scoring against the run of play for the visitors.

The Stoke man benefited from an error by West Ham stopper Joe Hart, who spilled Xherdan Shaqiri’s initial shot into the path of Crouch, who tapped home.

Hart will no doubt have been mortified by his costly error, but Carroll is confident his Hammers colleague has what it takes to bounce back.

“’Harty’ is a top keeper. He knows he’s made a mistake and it’s tough, but he’s a man to get on the training pitch and go again,” added the forward.

After making such an impact in a short space of time from the bench against Stoke, Carroll will hope he has earned himself more game time when West Ham visit Arsenal on Sunday.

Boss David Moyes admits he will have to ease the Hammers forward, who has struggled with injuries during his time in east London, back to full fitness over the coming weeks.

But Carroll himself seems to feel he could do a job from the off at the Gunners if called upon, adding: “I don’t know if I’ll start at Arsenal on Sunday. I feel good, but that’s up to the manager.

Carroll will hope that if he does get the nod for longer against the Gunners, he can find the net once more.

And West Ham fans will also hope for the same impact as they wish for their team to wrap up safety as soon as possible.

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