Andy Carroll insisted West Ham will not go down this season after the “massive” win over West Brom.
The former England striker scored his first two goals of the season to lift David Moyes' side out of the drop zone.
Carroll declared: “It’s massive, fantastic. Down at the bottom it’s very tight. It’s nice to pull away. We just need to continue that, continue the results and continue working like we did tonight. I think going one-nil down was tough.
“The lads were over the moon; the fans were over the moon. I think it was a great atmosphere. It’s great to come back and win when you’ve gone down. I thought we dominated the game second half and we had a lot more possession and probably could have scored a couple more.”
The Hammers had started the game in 18th place but are now up to 16th and a point above Stoke and Southampton. They play Tottenham at Wembley on Thursday.
“I think we know the quality in our dressing room and we’re confident that we will not be going down,” Carroll said.
“We’ll be getting out of it. At the minute it is tough down there but we’ve still got the quality and the confidence in all the lads, coming in every day. We are on a decent run at the minute, so hopefully it continues.”
The former Newcastle and Liverpool forward had not started a game since November 24 – and not scored since April.
“It’s been very frustrating. I’ve been sitting on the bench – it’s been tough. I’ve been wanting to play. I’ve been wanting to get there and start. It’s hard when you’re coming on for the last 20 minutes. When I have been I have probably been making an impact but it’s not really what I want to do, I don’t want to be an impact player coming off the bench.
"When I was called upon I felt like I needed to show what I was about and try and get back into the starting 11 and push myself back into a starting place, and I think tonight scoring the two goals and getting the win for the lads was great.
“I feel good. I feel 100 per cent. You feel 100 per cent, but not match fit when you don’t play games. Getting thrown in tonight I thought I did well for 90 minutes, I got through it. I feel good, obviously to score in the last minute was a relief for the lads and relief for myself.Read More
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“I don’t really worry about the goals. I know that I’ve got more to my game than that – I create chances. If I am in the box with, say one of the lads, two defenders will come with me and leaves one of our players free, so I know scoring goals is not just what I’m about.
“The games are hard and there’s a lot of them. I think especially for the lads who’ve been playing every game, every two days. It’s been tough for them but I’m feeling good. I haven’t been playing many games so it’s nice to have another game in two days’ time.”
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