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Condemnation for Carroll


Filed: Saturday, 14th October 2017
By: Staff Writer


West Ham fans believe West Ham would have won at Burnley this afternoon - had it not been for Andy Carroll's lack of professionalism.

The striker was dismissed after just 27 minutes of this afternoon's match with Slaven Bilic's side leading 1-0; the game ended up 1-1 after the hosts grabbed an equaliser five minutes before the end of full time.

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Unsurprisingly the instant reaction from Irons followers was to condemn Carroll for his antics, which led referee Stuart Atwell to show two yellow cards within the space of just 90 seconds for two heavy, aerial challenges.

"Thanks a lot Carroll!," wrote KUMB member Colours never run. "Same footballing intellect moment as Arnautovic, all of his own doing. The referee called it bang on sending off the idiot. A wasted opportunity to take all three points and really push on."

Meanwhile Clucking Bell believes the recent examples of indiscipline may require the manager's intervention.

"Whilst AC wasn't quite as stupid as Arnie against Southampton, committing a worse offence less than two minutes after his first booking cost us the win," he argued. "Slaven needs to address the discipline within the squad."

And Peaches went a step further by suggesting that it would perhaps be prudent to cash in on Carroll during the next transfer window. "Everton want Carroll, I think we should sell," he added.

"We played a lot of good football with 10 men because we kept the ball on the deck. With 11 men we would have won. I'd like to see the same team [against Brighton next week], but with Sakho in for Carroll."

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Finally, brothernero agreed that Carroll's dismissal was the game's main turning point - but believes West Ham were nevertheless unlucky not to hang on for all three points. "Before Carroll was sent off we were winning and passing the ball around nicely and looking to create and get in behind Burnley," he surmised.

"The red card changed that and was always going to make things tougher for us. In the end we were undone but a great cross and header after we had had to play with 10 men for an hour.

"Burnley are a decent side and one that is very very hard to beat at home - so it was a good point, with some luck and some bad luck on our part and a half decent performance. Carroll aside, you cannot knock the team or the manager tonight."





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