West Ham boss Allardyce reveals why Andy Carroll missed Everton cup tie

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has revealed a new injury blow for striker Andy Carroll.

West Ham were in a great position to make it into the fourth round of the FA Cup tonight when James Collins powered home a header from a Morgan Amalfitano corner to give the Hammers a 1-0 lead over Everton at Goodison Park.

Yet deep into added time, Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku pounced inside the six yard box to volley past Adrian and send the tie to a replay.

West Ham may feel hard done by, but the stats show an even game, meaning the two sides have to do it all again at Upton Park later this month.

Manager Sam Allardyce was forced to use summer signing Enner Valencia up front on his own tonight, and that's largely because of Andy Carroll's absence.

The gangly target man has only recently recovered from a long-term injury, and Allardyce confirmed before kick-off that Carroll had suffered a knock in training and wasn't going to be risked.

"Andy kicked the floor in training and obviously his foot's a bit sore so we didn't bring him with us," said Allardyce. "We didn't (want to) risk the fact that if he'd played today it would've probably got worse."

After so long out of action, West Ham have to hope that the 25-year-old will be back for this weekend's trip to Swansea, but Allardyce's comments suggest that might well be in doubt.

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