Football: Loan star Carroll helps Hammers nail Fulham
LONDON (AFP) - Andy Carroll made an immediate impact at West Ham as the Liverpool reject inspired his new club to a 3-0 win over Fulham at Upton Park on Saturday, but the England striker's debut was marred by a hamstring injury.
Carroll was making his first West Ham appearance after being shoved out on loan for the season by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who doesn't believe the burly targetman is a good fit for his smooth passing style.
The 23-year-old took less than 60 seconds to show why his aerial power makes him such a threat with a crucial flick in the build-up to Kevin Nolan's opener and, after Winston Reid increased West Ham's lead, he caused panic in the Fulham defence before Matt Taylor's goal.
Carroll's premature exit from Anfield, just 18 months after Liverpool paid a club record 35 million pounds (S$69.2 million) to sign him from Newcastle, doesn't seem to have damaged his morale judging by this influential display and Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will hope the tight hamstring that forced his new signing off after 68 minutes isn't serious.