Andy Carroll claims West Ham are where they belong under Slaven Bilic

Andy Carroll is in buoyant mood aft West Ham's win over Chelsea.

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has told BBC Sport that the Hammers belong in the upper echelons of the Premier League table after their 2-1 win over Chelsea.

The Hammers have been sensational this season, notching wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, and now they can add Chelsea to their list of scalps.

Mauro Zarate gave Slaven Bilic's men the lead early on with a superb driven shot, and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic was sent off before Gary Cahill pulled Jose Mourinho's side level.

However, Carroll swooped late on to win the game for West Ham. handing Bilic a result which takes his side up in to third place in the Premier League table, just two points behind leaders Arsenal.

It's been a remarkable start to the campaign for manager Bilic, who returned to Upton Park as manager over the summer following the departure of Sam Allardyce.

Now, speaking to BBC Sport after the game, match-winner Carroll says that the victory over Chelsea was one of the best that he's had during his time at West Ham, and believes that West Ham belong in the top four having been guided there by Bilic early on.

"It was a tough game but we knew that anyway," said Carroll. "We’ve had some great wins but that’s got to be one of the best. It was a great strike by Mauro Zarate for the opener. We went for the win and kept on pushing and got it."

"It was a great ball in for my goal and I read where it would be – I’ve been waiting for one of them for a while. This (near the top of the table) is where we belong," he added.

Whether West Ham can stay in this lofty position remains to be seen, but their start of the season has been simply stunning, and they have shown no signs of slowing down in recent weeks.

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