West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has admitted that he wanted to come on earlier than he was brought on against Aston Villa.
The England international made his first competitive appearance of the season on Saturday, when he came on in the 92nd minute of the Premier League clash at the Boleyn Ground.
Former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker Carroll has now stated that he wanted to get involved in the game earlier.
‘It is a great feeling to be back out on the pitch’, the 25-year-old West Ham TV. ‘It took a long time, a lot of hard work and I have to give credit to all of the medical staff for getting me back fit.
‘It has been a long time and getting on the pitch is a great feeling. I was edging to get on a bit earlier, but the gaffer saved me for the last five minutes. I had a great chance and the keeper pulled off a great save’.
Carroll could have actually won the game for the Hammers against Villa as he has two chances after coming on in injury time. Both were headers and both were saved.
The striker is not guaranteed a place in West Ham’s starting line-up despite his return to full fitness, but he looks confident and is hungry.