In a telling sign, perhaps, of how far the Pensioners have fallen this season, the England international has confessed that he and his teammates wanted the three points when they faced the reigning champions on Saturday.
“It was a bit upsetting to only get a point. We conceded just before half-time and then just before the end which is upsetting. But we worked really hard and we did deserve the win,” the striker began, speaking to the club’s official website.
“All the lads 100 percent want us to get into Europe,” the forward continued.
“That is what we are pushing for. It would have been nice for us to come away with a victory and push us even higher up the table but we will have a nice break and come back and work harder from there.”
27-year-old Carroll impressed after coming on as a substitute in the London derby at Stamford Bridge, and thought he’d sealed the three points for the Hammers when he found the net only one minute after coming on.
Carroll’s goal gave West Ham the lead following previous efforts from Manuel Lanzini and Cesc Fabregas, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win, as a late Cesc Fabregas penalty—following a Michail Antonio foul—ensured the points were shared.
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Despite dropping two points late on, the draw leaves West Ham firmly in the fight for a Champions League place. Slaven Bilic’s side currently sit in fifth on 50 points, level with Manchester United and only one behind Manchester City in fourth.