West Ham United have now won three games on the bounce in the Premier League. It is the first time they have achieved that feat since December 2016. The Hammers picked up a 3-2 win against Crystal Palace in a game they trailed 1-0 at half-time.
It was a great turnaround from West Ham. Several players again impressed. Felipe Anderson was the spark once again, whilst Declan Rice was superb in midfield. But Andy Carroll also made a big difference. With Lucas Perez coming off with a stud puncture in his foot the experienced striker came on at half-time.
The former England star caused Palace all manner of different problems to the ones previously posed by the very similar Perez and Javier Hernandez. Indeed, he won the free-kick from which Hernandez fired home a typical poachers finish.
It was only Carroll’s second appearance of the season. Carroll had been out of action after ankle surgery in the summer, the latest in a long line of injury issues for the 29-year-old striker.
But he again showed today that, when fit, he can bring a different threat to the West Ham attack.
It was a point not lost on plenty of West Ham fans, pleased to see he made an impact for the Hammers…
I personally thought Carroll changed the game completely today. His presence seemed to give players with a bit more technical quality a little bit of extra space. The Hernandez/Carroll duo could be deadly! #WHUFC #COYI
— Luke Boarer (@Luke_Boarer) December 8, 2018
Finally home in Essex.
WHAT A GAME!! Poor 1st half, one to forget! Brilliant 2nd half! Snodgrass, Hernadez and Anderson just awesome goals! Carroll looked awkward for Palace when he came on. Rice superb.
— Mikespace Online ™ (@MikespaceOnline) December 8, 2018
Andy Carroll is playing….it’s a miracle! #COYI
— ⚒ D.C. Hammers ⚒ (@WDCHammers) December 8, 2018
Wow. I’m so happy. The first half was awful but Carroll changed that game, a massive boost just went in to everyone and for the second game in a row, we have massively improved in the second half.
— Jack⚒🦁🏴 (@JackJPW_COYI) December 8, 2018
@whufc_news Andy Carroll makes such a difference when he plays. The ball actually stays in he half we win free kicks around the box and have someone to play off of. I hope so much he stays fit.
— Kevin Skinner (@KevinSkinner8) December 8, 2018
#whufc Rice very impressive again and Carroll made a real impact off the bench, gave the back four something to think about and created space for Snodgrass and Anderson to score belters – won the FK for Hernandez goal too.
— Jack Rosser (@JackRosser_) December 8, 2018
I dont care what anyone says,carroll has changed this game
— ⚒⚒WHUFC⚒⚒ (@mervshepherd) December 8, 2018