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Filed: Wednesday, 12th January 2011
By: Staff Writer

A delighted Carlton Cole has expressed his delight at his bizarre match-winning strike - whilst introducing us to a new word.

The Hammers number nine came on as a late substitute during last night's Carling Cup semi final against Birmingham City to grab the game's winning goal - a scuffed shot from some 12 yards that somehow evaded 'keeper Ben Foster, who allowed the ball to escape between his legs and trickle over the goal line.

"I didn't even strike the ball properly, I think Ben [Foster] helped me carry it in a little bit," Cole told the BBC. "But every goal counts, we've all worked hard today.

"The manager's put the personnel on the pitch and they've done the job. They got us through to half time and put us a goal up at the half way stage. We really needed to push on and get that second goal; we got it in the end and I'm over-chuffed, the team's overchuffed. That's all we were asking for really.

"I don't think I've scored a winner in ages, so today is a great day to do it. Hopefully we can do it again over at their place . Coming in to this one we were quite confident of a win and we did good today. It was important that we go over there with a win and try and defend the lead."

On fire: a steaming Cole reflects on his winning goal

Cole also has a special word of praise for manager Avram Grant, who faced a barrage of questions regarding his own furture after the game. "The manager done brilliant today," Cole continued. "He's obviously brought me on at the right time - I've got my goal and I'm over the moon.

"Although it wasn't the goal I imagined it to be, it happens - and they all count."

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