DG relives a “sickening” Leicester moment


CarrollgoldDavid Gold tonight paid a massive tribute to Andy Carroll declaring: “He deserves every bit of success he gets – he’s been to hell and back twice and now looks the absolute real deal.”

But the Irons co chairman admitted that he felt nauseous when the striker went full throttle in trying to close down a Konchesky clearance and flew straight into the photographers’ pit in front of the Alpari Stand.

Gold – speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh said:  “I was sure he had done himself some serious damage and felt totally sick when I saw him fly into that pit. I think we all felt that he’d be lifted out damaged.

“But when he popped up totally unharmed the relief was almost tangible. I personally breathed a huge sigh of relief.”

Gold said that trying to put oneself in AC’s position over the last year or so would be impossible as the hell he’s been through is almost “indescribable.”

To have had months and months out with his problem, to work his way through it, make a successful return only to go through much the same with his ankle is totally horrible.

“So watching him score that goal and his general performance was quite brilliant. He had the pace to get onto the back pass, aqccelarate away and score a fabulous goal. One on ones are desperately hard. I’ve seen many of them missed.

“But Andy made it look the simplest thing in the world. I knew then that Andy Carroll was back fully fit and I’m thrilled for him. He deserves everything he gets now – nobody deserves it more.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • jaybs says:

    I & many others are just about sick and fed up about Our Clubs Obsession with Carroll, every day there seems to be a media,story about him, West Ham Official on Facebook seems yo have no photos of other players except AC, at the end of the game on Twitter the official club account posted Four photos of Carroll and one of Stewart Downing, why?

    One Player whose loyalty to Our Club is unquestionable Mark Noble hardly gets any media push, I wonder if they ever push Mark for England? I bet they will with Carroll!

    West Ham is about a Team not one player, it’s only weeks ago on KUMB many were calling for a new goal keeper in January, Adrian was Superb today he won’t get Credit!

  • philtheiron says:

    After all the shi**te that AC,the manager and the club have taken over the last couple of seasons they have every right to, considering his return to form to be excited about it!

    Apart from anything else song not withstanding, AC has been little short of unplayable since his return and the lift he gives the team as well as the crowd is quite remarkable!

    Hope this helps?! COYI!

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