Carroll reveals Hammers European ambitions

Andy Carroll says West Ham are aiming for European qualification, after a convincing 3-0 win over Hull City at Upton Park, reports Sky Sports.

Carroll opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season since returning from injury, and helped the Hammers to three points that takes them within four points of the Champions League places.

However, the win was in fact West Ham’s first in a month – but Carroll insists they will look to continue climbing the table for the remainder of the season.

“There’s a belief in the dressing room,” Carroll said when asked if he thought his side could qualify for Europe. “I don’t see why not with the performances we’ve given week-in, week-out.

“I know we haven’t had a win in the last few games, but we’ve had the performances that can take us up to the top.

“The way we’ve been playing the goals have been there, ready to take, and I think today we deserved it.”

Carroll opened the scoring at Upton Park with a poachers finish, and the former Newcastle and Liverpool striker was keen to praise West Ham coach Teddy Sheringham for his part in the goal.

“Teddy’s a big believer in following in and we’ve been doing that since he’s turned up at the club, so there’s one for him,” the 26-year-old added.

“It’s rewarding when you follow them in. A goal’s a goal whether it’s spectacular or not.

“Obviously the first half wasn’t a great performance from us, but we came out second half, scored an early goal and created a lot more chances.”