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Carroll the hero for Newcastle


Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll put a week of personal turmoil behind him to fire Newcastle to a vital 2-1 win against West Ham at Upton Park.

Carroll, who had his car torched after being bailed on an assault charge earlier this week, powered a header past Robert Green to seal the win in the 69th minute after Kevin Nolan had cancelled out Carlton Cole's first of the season.

The result catapults Newcastle nine places up the table to ninth while the Hammers remain rooted to the foot of the table.

West Ham pressed early on, and took a deserved lead with 12 minutes on the clock when Cole bundled in from close ranger after Frederic Piquionne crossed following a great pass from Mark Noble.

Newcastle felt the goal was offside, but the linesman waved away their protests.

They levelled 10 minutes later, though, with Nolan smashing past Robert Green after Carroll outjumped two markers to nod into his path.

Carroll hesitated when closing in on Green's goal in the second half, but the Toon striker's physicality was causing the home defence all sorts of problems.

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And Carroll got his reward for his performance with 21 minutes remaining when he powered a diving header beyond Green after a perfect cross from Joey Barton.

West Ham pushed for an equaliser but almost paid the price for over-committing when Barton broke and fired a deflected 25-yard shot which looped on to the roof of Green's net.

The Hammers fans started leaving in their droves as the match neared its end, and those who stayed booed the home team off after Chris Foy blew the full-time whistle.

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