West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has explained his goal celebration against Swansea City on Sunday.
The England international scored twice in the Hammers’ 3-1 victory over the Welsh outfit at the Boleyn Ground.
After scoring the second goal in the 66th minute, Carroll celebrated it by running to the bench, and he has now explained why he did so.
"I ran over to celebrate with the bench because the staff had been behind me all the way,” West Ham’s official website quotes the 25-year-old as saying. “It’s been a long injury and it has been tough.
"They've pushed me as hard as they could to get me back fit. They've done everything right and everything that needed to be done - especially when I didn't feel like doing it when it's been sore and painful and I've been down.
"They pushed me through and helped me through it, so it was just to say thank you to them. When you've got people like that looking after you it's a great feeling.”
Carroll has been plagued with injuries ever since he joined West Ham on a permanent contract from Liverpool in the summer of 2013.
There had even been suggestions that the London outfit would be looking to accept a loss on the striker and sell him in the January transfer window.
However, the former Newcastle United star showed on Sunday that he remains a key player in Sam Allardyce’s team.
Competition for places at West Ham is fierce this season, but with his two goals against a good Swansea side, Carroll has certainly made his case.