West Ham United may have failed to pick up a win against Aston Villa on Saturday, but they got a huge boost heading into the two-week international break.
Forgotten striker Andy Carroll finally made his return from injury. The England international came on as a substitute for Mark Noble in the 92nd minute at Boleyn Ground.
It was the 25-year-old’s first Premier League appearance of the season, and he was certainly relieved to have finally returned to competitive action.
The former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker could have made it a memorable comeback had he been able to take either of his chances.
Carroll had two headers saved by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who was in top form against the Hammers.
The goalless draw means that West Ham are now fourth in the Premier League table with 18 points from 11 matches.