David Gold responds on Twitter after West Ham fans criticise Andy Carroll

David Gold has moved to defend Andy Carroll on Twitter.

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has taken to Twitter in order to defend striker Andy Carroll following criticism from supporters.

The Hammers played out a 0-0 draw against Stoke City on Saturday, with Slaven Bilic's men failing to take advantage of their 21 shots on goal.

A late goalmouth scramble could have given West Ham a win, but they just couldn't force the ball over the line as the Hammers are now six games without a win, though they have only lost two of those games.

A major problem facing Bilic is that he is without five injured players, with Winston Reid out as well as four attacking players in Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet, Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho.

Those injuries have put more pressure on striker Andy Carroll to perform, but the 26-year-old target man hasn't scored since West Ham beat Chelsea 2-1 on the 24th of October.

Fans are less than convinced that the gangly striker is a good fit for West Ham in Bilic's fast-paced game which is often based on counter-attacking, particularly away from home.

Supporters tweeted co-chairman David Gold about their frustrations towards Carroll, but Gold defended the giant striker by saying he needs time to get back up to speed following an injury.

With Sakho out and Enner Valencia only just returning, Carroll is likely to be relied upon for a while yet - and he certainly needs a goal to get some of those fans off his back after a tough run of form.

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