Carroll hopes first goal for West Ham will open floodgates ahead of trip to Man United
13:32 GMT, 26 November 2012
Andy Carroll believes there are plenty of goals to come after the West Ham striker broke his duck at Tottenham yesterday.
The England striker netted a consolation at White Hart Lane after a Jermain Defoe double and a neat Gareth Bale goal put West Ham three goals down.
Carroll climbed high to nod a perfectly weighted Joey O’Brien cross into the back of the net, wrong-footing Hugo Lloris in the process.
Gold rush Andy Carroll hopes his first strike for West Ham will open the flood gates
After a bittersweet trip to north London, Carroll hopes his first goal in a West Ham shirt will give him the impetus to score a couple more against Manchester United or Chelsea this week.
‘It was about time, to be honest,’ Carroll told West Ham TV. ‘I’m just grateful to have got off the mark and hopefully there will be more to come this week.
‘I think I’ve put myself about and been involved in our goals in previous matches. I think I’ve been doing well so it was about time one went in.
‘It was a great ball in by Joey O’Brien and I just had to get up and head it across the keeper. That’s what I did and thankfully it went in.’
Carroll was left to lament a number of mistakes by West Ham which a ruthless Tottenham side duly punished.
Spurs moved out of sight after Mohamed Diame was mugged by Aaron Lennon who squared to Defoe to put the hosts 3-0 up.
‘It was disappointing as we made mistakes for all three of their goals, really.
‘We should have done better, but they have taken their chances and obviously beat us.
Too late: Carroll's late goal came after Gareth Bale and Tottenham has put three past West Ham
Haunted: Old boy Jermain Defoe scored twice against his former club
‘Coming here we were up against a great team and they showed that tonight with the passing, the rhythm and the pace they have got in their team. I have to say we were just disappointed with our mistakes because they cost us.’
But Carroll is refusing to dwell on yesterday’s derby defeat, and is turning his attention towards a tricky visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday, before games against Chelsea and Liverpool further down the line.
Next up: Carroll and West Ham travel to Old Trafford
‘We have got a tough week, obviously, with Manchester United and then Chelsea and Liverpool coming up. It’ll be tough so we just have to put this behind us now and focus on Wednesday.
“Of course, the big games are what everyone looks forward to, but tonight was disappointing and we just have to put it behind us now and get ready for the Manchester United game.
'This game is all gone now so we’re going to have to concentrate 100 per cent on Wednesday, which is going to be another tough game.’
Spot the difference: Andy Carroll's touches against Tottenham (right) in comparison to team-mate Kevin Nolan's (left)