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West Ham fans react on Twitter to Carlton Cole's first start since re-joining

Carlton Cole played an hour in West Ham's 2-0 away win over Burnley.

The summer and early Autumn was quite a humbling experience for Carlton Cole, a striker who a decade ago was being tipped for big things in the game.

Cole was released by the Hammers when his contract expired in the summer, and could not find a Premier League side willing to take him on.

When the transfer window closed and West Ham were looking for a striker, he was linked with a return to East London, but Sam Allardyce decided he was unfit and needed to go away and prove himself.

Finally on October 14, Allardyce relented, judging Cole to be back to approaching satisfactory fitness and able to provide cover in the short-term.

He was signed on a three-month contract, almost begrudgingly, with £15 million man Andy Carroll's injury return date still not set in stone.

After completing an under-21 fixture a week ago, Cole made his first team return at the weekend playing 27 minutes as a substitute in the 0-0 draw away to Swansea City.

Last night was though a big progression. Cole was handed his first start of the 2013/14 season in the League Cup tie away to Burnley.

West Ham won the game 2-0 through late penalties from Matt Taylor and Jack Collison, with Cole completing 60 minutes before being withdrawn for Stewart Downing.

To expect the striker to hit the ground running would have likely been too much to ask given his lack of match practice, and the game from Cole's perspective was about building up his fitness, with the BBC's match report describing the striker as 'rusty'.

With manager Sam Allardyce hoping the striker can shake off a lack of sharpness sooner rather than later.

We decided to take a look at how Hammers fans reacted to his display last night via Twitter to see if he had begun winning any of them over...


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