West Ham United moved out of the relegation zone in the Premier League last night with what could prove to be a vital victory.
Andy Carroll was the hero for the Hammers as the out-of-sorts forward scored his first and second goals of the season to earn West Ham a win over relegation rivals West Bromwich Albion at The London Stadium.
After trailing at half time to James McClean’s deflected strike, it looked like it could be a frustrating afternoon for David Moyes’ men.
Prior to the game, a large section of the West Ham fan base were frustrated to hear that Carroll was starting ahead of Mexican international Javier Hernandez.
But the former Liverpool and Newcastle man silenced his doubters with a fine brace to spearhead the Irons to a spirit-boosting comeback win.
Firstly, he latched onto Aaron Cresswell’s delightful cross and beat Jonny Evans and Kieran Gibbs in the air to level the scores.
And then deep into stoppage time, Carroll popped up at the back post to steer home Marko Arnautovic’s low cross from a tight angle with his weaker foot.
Some West Ham fans were forced to admit they were wrong on social media while others maintained that his inconsistency is still an issue.
Here are how the fans reacted on Twitter to Carroll’s match winning performance.
Andy is a superb asset to the club, when he gets the chance to perform. That header was a wonderful piece of skill, loved it.
Awesome stuff all round but Andy gets man of the match!
— Aten-Ra (@richy_inger) January 3, 2018
Two great goals. If he is to be played then team must play to his strengths
— Alf Gasparro (@alfgasparro) January 3, 2018
great seeing the big man end his goal drought last nite
— Andrew Silver (@AndrewS06281475) January 3, 2018
Two goals doesn’t make a season…2 goals every game would on your wages…if you replicate v spuds I’ll become a fan…until then you’re on my ‘sell’ list
— Neil Ewins (@neilorange63) January 3, 2018
Never had any doubts
Little ponytail princess
— Jacob (@_JacobC17_) January 2, 2018
Only cost us £80k a week for 9 months to get goals out of a sick note striker! Pleased for win tonight but still think we should sell him!
— laura (@LorLor_27) January 2, 2018