Andy Carroll won more defensive duels than any other player at the weekend

West Ham United's Andy Carroll in action with Hull City's Curtis Davies

The West Ham United striker was in particularly good form in the win over Hull City.

After a disappointing start to the season, it is fair to say things have picked up drastically in the last week for West Ham United.

With wins against Burnley and Hull City under their belts they have managed to rise up the table to 13th and five points clear of the relegation zone.

Neither win was especially pretty. In fact, the Hammers earned some negative comments for their style of play. But it is only points that matter to them at this stage.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll in action with Hull City's Curtis Davies

What both victories did show is that this current squad has started to show the kind of fighting spirit that was sorely lacking earlier in the campaign.

If any player perfectly epitomises that return of the fighting spirit, it is striker Andy Carroll.

After once again missing the start of the season through injury he has returned in recent weeks to providing his team with something of a boost.

  TeamMatchDuel WonMins Played
Andy Carroll West Ham West Ham vs Hull 18 90
Romelu Lukaku Everton Everton vs Liverpool 14 90
Jan Vertonghen Tottenham Tottenham vs Burnley 14 90

Against Hull, Carroll was particularly impressive as he topped one key stat across all the weekend’s game.

The giant striker managed to win 18 duels in total against the Tigers; more than any other player. His nearest competitors were Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen who both managed 14.

It is an impressive tally from Carroll and West Ham will be hoping that he can keep fit and continue to provide the fighting spirit they desperately need in the months ahead.

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