Mark Noble has been defending West Ham team mate Andy Carroll amidst claims that the striker does not try hard enough to stay on his feet during games.
Southampton’s Adam Lallana suggested that Carroll had won free-kicks that were “soft”.
He said: “Players are clever nowadays. You kind of draw fouls and it’s up to the referee whether he sees it as a foul or as a player being soft. Obviously they got a lot of free-kicks and put the ball in our area.
“But it’s not just down to that. We dealt with it fine first half but obviously not the second.”
However, Noble says that Carroll has to go down, because referees look at his size and build before making a decision.
“Andy’s a big man and if he doesn’t go down, he won’t win any free-kicks because the referees think that he’s too big to get a free-kick,” Noble told West Ham TV.
Carroll won many free-kicks during West Ham’s 4-1 Premier League victory against Southampton, with two leading to goals. Mark Noble had much praise for his team after Saturday’s victory, with the Hammers scoring all of their goals in the second half.
“You have to give credit to Southampton because they closed us down and made it very difficult for us. We defended very well and at 0-0 we were still massively in the game and knew we had a chance to go on and win it which thankfully we did.
“To get four against Southampton was fantastic but that is what can happen when you have quality players like Yossi Benayoun, big Andy Carroll and Nobby (Kevin Nolan). It was great for the lads,” he added.
West Ham are currently seventh in the Premier League table with 14 points.
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