Andy Carroll gives his verdict on West Ham return

The England international has admitted that the result against Leicester was not ideal, but that he is delighted to be back.

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has admitted to the club’s official website that he is delighted to be back in the first-team reckoning after starting against Leicester last night.

The England international has been on the sidelines for some time but has been pushing for a return to the starting XI in recent weeks after getting back to fitness in training.

Carroll got his start in the Capital One Cup clash but could not help his side avoid relegation at the hands of the Foxes.

Despite the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Claudio Ranieri’s men, Carroll has confessed that he is delighted to be back in the fray.

“Obviously we’re disappointed with the result, but to get 60 minutes under my belt was good,” the former Liverpool forward told West Ham’s official website.

“I didn’t get on against Manchester City and only had two minutes against Newcastle, so an hour is good and I feel fantastic.

“I felt good before I went out there. I’ve been training well and trying to get as fit as I can. I’ve been raring to start and was itching to get on last week as well, so it was pleasing to start at Leicester.”

The Hammers have had an inconsistent start to the new season, with standout victories away to Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool sending the club’s travelling support into rapture.

However, elimination from two cup competitions and some home defeats have taken the shine off the campaign to some extent.

Diafra Sakho has been the first-choice number nine for the club this term, but Carroll is now pushing for a starting place ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against Norwich.

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