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Carroll scores twice to guide West Ham to last-gasp win over West Brom

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Andy Carroll grabbed a stoppage time winner as West Ham claimed a dramatic last-gasp 2-1 win at home to West Brom.

The Hammers were boosted by the return of Carroll and Winston Reid and also had the welcome sight of Mark Noble on the bench, while Grzegorz Krychowiak, Claudio Yacob, James McClean and Salomon Rondon all came in for the Baggies.

On a wet and windy night that was befitting of a meeting between two of the Premier League’s bottom three clubs, the game started at a frantic pace with West Ham setting the agenda.

However, the Baggies opened the scoring after half an hour, James McClean picking up possession in his own half before carrying past Reid and then lofting the ball over the goalkeeper, via a deflection off Angelo Ogbonna.

Jonny Evans could have made it two 2-0 moments before the interval but the visitors went in with a deserved lead.

Hammers boss David Moyes responded by sending Noble on at the break and after a strong start to the second 45, the home side got their reward on the hour.

Aaron Cresswell found space on the left and curled a brilliant ball to Carroll who produced a trademark leap to head home.

The game continued to ebb and flow, with the tension increasing with every minute that passed as all those present sensed the importance of the matters at hand.

Both pushed for a winner and it was the hosts who made the breakthrough in stoppage time.

It was Carroll who was the hero, coolly placing home Marko Arnautovic’s cross to give the Hammers a priceless victory and condemn Alan Pardew to another winless night in the Baggies’ dugout.