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West Ham won't give up on Euro shot: Andy Carroll

Chelsea 2 - West Ham 2

West Ham striker Andy Carroll rued an "upsetting" draw at Chelsea before vowing to continue the pursuit of European football after the international break.

Cesc Fabregas converted an 89th-minute spot-kick to earn a 2-2 draw after referee Bobby Madley adjudged Ruben Loftus-Cheek had been tripped by Michail Antonio. Replays suggested if there was contact it was minimal and outside the area.

Carroll had thought he had scored a second winner against Chelsea this season to enhance the Hammers' bid for Champions League qualification, but Fabregas scored his second after a brilliant free-kick had earlier cancelled out Manuel Lanzini's superb opener.

"All the lads 100% want us to get into Europe," Carroll said.

"It would have been nice for us to come away with a victory and push us even higher up the table but we will have a nice break and come back and work harder from there.

"It was a bit upsetting to only get a point. I have had a look back at the penalty incident and it looked just outside of the area so it was unlucky that they were given a penalty.

"I said last week there are not many teams who come away from the big grounds disappointed to have only got a draw."

Loftus-Cheek had also come on as a replacement and was pleased to make an impact as he tries to force his way into the starting XI.

The England Under-21 midfielder, who came on in the central playmaker role, said: "Coming on to a game where we're losing, playing further up the pitch is ideal so I can try to impact the game, create a goal or score a goal. We did well to fight, stick at it, dig in and get the draw. We were unlucky not to get the win."

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