Andy Carroll feeling stronger after scoring West Ham winner against Chelsea

The striker was full of praise for Slaven Bilic, saying his patient approach has helped him to get back to full fitness.

Speaking to the club’s official website, West Ham United striker Andy Carrol says it’s a great feeling to have finally returned from injury.

The striker has spent the vast majority of his Hammers career on the treatment table, with a number of niggling injuries having severely hindered his playing time.

He is back to full fitness now, though, and came off the bench to score the winner in their latest big win, a 2-1 victory over struggling Chelsea at Upton Park.

And he says it feels great to be back playing, saying Slaven Bilic’s patient approach to easing him back to full fitness should help him to steer clear of further setbacks in the future.

"It's great [being back], I just want to be on the pitch and if it's 20-25 minutes it's a great feeling,” he told

“Obviously I want to start, but it's been a long injury and long time so I'll take every minute I get. I've taken my time getting back and the manager has understood - training one day and maybe missing one out. It's a lot easier for me and my body."

Carroll is seemingly regarded as a big asset at Upton Park, with his height and strength offering manager Bilic something different from what the other strikers bring to the table.

It was a clear tactic from the Hammers to utilise Carroll’s ability in the air as they sought to pick him out and put 10-man Chelsea under pressure.

It was a tactic which eventually paid off as he powered home the header that secured the points, and Carroll says he will take whatever he can, admitting that he has been urging defender Aaron Cresswell to get the ball into the box for him to attack.

“It's a great feeling to score any goal, but obviously it has been a long time since I last scored. To get the win as well is even better,” he added.

"I keep saying to Cress to put those balls in and he's just said to me in the dressing room that I can shut up for a couple of weeks because I've been on to him! As soon as it came in I was trying to get on the end of it - it might be a typical Andy Carroll goal but I'll take it!”

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