Andy Carroll insists that “hard training” was the key to an Irons revival which saw him grab to goals against West Brom last night (Rues).
Speaking after the three pointer he told West Ham TV: “It was good. It was nice to get a start and get some goals and the three points. It was a fantastic night and I think the fans deserved it and the lads did too.
“It’s tough when you’re only training and not getting the match-time that you want. You’ve got to keep training and keep match-fit.
“It’s tough just training and coming on for ten or 15 minutes, it’s really tough, but you’ve got to keep working hard and doing the extras in training to keep yourself fit for nights like this when you’re called upon.”
“It’s massive to come from behind and win. We’ve got a great group of lads in the dressing room and they love coming in every day and enjoying it.
“The game changed after half-time. Nobes came on and he kept the ball for us and distributed it well. He had a good game.”
Of the cross which led to his great first headed goal he said: “It was an all right ball in from Cress, but I made it look better! I told him just to put it in and I’d get it. He’s put a great ball in and I’ve managed to get above the defender and any touch on it and would go in the back of the net. It was a great ball.”
“We’ve been working hard. It’s been tough for the lads who’ve been playing every game, but we just dug in.
“We went 1-0 down and it was difficult to take off the deflection, so we knew we had to come out in the second half and prove to ourselves that we were better than that. We grinded and got the ball in the box and had a couple of chances and thankfully we took them.
“All the lads want to go into the game against Spurs on the back of a win. We’ve got a bit of recovery time now. The games come thick and fast so we’ll recover and go again.”