The £15 million West Ham United striker was involved in Cardiff City's consolation.
The injury-plagued West Ham striker was making only his second appearance of the campaign after undergoing knee surgery.
A bit of ring rust was therefore expected, and Carroll's failed clearance in the lead up to Cardiff's stoppage-time consolation is evidence perhaps that the 29-year-old is not quite up to speed.
But some West Ham fans aren't prepared to be quite so lenient it seems.
This is what they're saying about Carroll's latest London Stadium cameo...
Yep I blame him— Louie Wansell WHU (@LouieWansell82) December 4, 2018
Thank you. Can’t believe no one else can see it!— Sam Archer (@westhamsam27) December 4, 2018
What a funny goal to concede WHU! Andy Carroll was doing nonsense there!— Askar (@Ahmed_A_Askar) December 4, 2018
I know I have a downer with Carroll but Dean Ashton would have given anything to swap places and Andy has just pissed it away #COYI— Steve McKay (@CllrMcKay) December 4, 2018
Not to toooo picky but Carroll could have done much better defensively there! Back to back wins though, COYI!— Kat Bessant (@alwaysintune) December 4, 2018
So months and months of waiting millions of pounds paid out in wages and this is what we get on his return— ⚒Grimmer⚒ (@grimmer1895) December 5, 2018
Thought he was meant to be a hard man header of the ball
I don't care if he scores a couple goals this season it's not worth it get rid #WHUFC #COYI #carroll pic.twitter.com/r3yMYtmCzo
West Ham ran out comfortable winners against Cardiff, who had a chance to alter the course of the game through a Joe Ralls penalty, which was saved by Lukasz Fabianski before the break.
And the Hammers were rampant after it, with goals from Lucas Perez (two) and Michail Antonio putting the hosts 3-0 ahead before Josh Murphy's strike blotted their clean sheet.
Does Andy Carroll still have a part to play in Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham United team?