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Sympathy vote for Carroll

Should Andy Carroll have walked away from the subs bench yesterday afternoon – and it remains an allegation at this stage – it would be hard to blame the man.

He would of course have been wrong to do so but despite my criticisms of him in the past I can help but feel some sympathy if that was the case.

Whatever one’s broader view of the man, this is a specific situation and as is always the case has to be viewed in terms of a game situation.

Having returned from a another very long injury situation and scored a vital goal against Stoke City he was clearly gagging for the chance to again become a game changer – even at 4-1 down.

Instead on trots everybody but him  leaving him fuming on the bench with his morale clearly battered.

With Masuaku brought on presumably to provide some of those crosses of which he is often capable one would have imagined that Carroll would be the obvious recipient of such service.

Making three changes at such a point in a one sided game was hardly likely to make any difference anyway given the smashing we were taking.

But giving AC the opportunity to up his match fitness and possibly confidence ahead of Leicester seems like a reasonable idea.

It my even have been a better idea have been to start the second half with him and Masuaku although with what appeared to be a recovery underway that too would have brought criticism.

Armchair judges are everywhere of course but at the end of it all I do feel to have left him out of the second half shake up was a big mistake at various levels.

So on to Leicester and if we get more of the same from the manager tactically I’m very very scared!

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10 comments on “Sympathy vote for Carroll

  1. Carroll should have played the full 90 . End of . Moyes was ignoring him , why is a good question . No wonder he looked ****ed off . We were all ****ed off .

    • No Kevin, we were not all ****ed off..
      Many of us, including yours truly, thought this behaviour was a reflection of an egotistic self-centred wonder boy.
      That said, Moyes gets the ‘villain of the day award’ for such an inept managerial display!

  2. Doesn’t get any sympathy from me, I do believe he should of been subbed on at half time but nothing surprises me with that clown we have in charge, However wasn’t it a certain Andy Carroll slating fans for leaving early???

  3. Moyes tactics have been wrong since he came. In our predicament, he should have targeted the Stoke game for 3 points. He should have sent them out to win at all costs, fast-paced and full of commitment. He then stated he was happy with a draw!
    Now we are in deep trouble, hoping for a win against Leicester – who will be out to save face following the CP result – or Everton – with Big Sam!
    AC should be on every game he is fit for. Nobody likes playing against him.
    If we do survive, he must not be given the chance to manage for coming years.

  4. spoiled brat to much money for very little talent and a brittle body **** him off next year

  5. Andy Carroll is an egocentric, narcissistic fool who could not control his impulses and ‘spat the dummy’, for the whole world to see. Not professional, and not the West Ham Way. In addition, Chicharito is the better player on any day.
    No sympathy for Moyes or Carroll!

  6. Hopefully they do not want to get him injured! as he has to be on his way out! we have far better players than him! Acted like a little child yesterday!

  7. Mind you it will be a shame if he has burned his boats with us & can’t play against the Toffees. I would have played him from the start. BFS would have let him score just so that he could watch the ‘wonderful sight’ of a big man poweriing in a header from a corner. Beat he takes himto Everton in the summer & he terrorises our defence…hang on, he won’t be there & we won’t be playing Everton anyway😩😩😩

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