Football - Carroll effort enough for Hammers

Andy Carroll gave his team's fight against relegation a much-needed boost as West Ham edged past Swansea 1-0 to record just their second win of 2013.

PA Sport

Making his first start since November, Carroll proved to be an effective battering ram for the Hammers and their long-ball tactics. Sam Allardyce's men regularly launched the ball up to the England striker and while it was not easy on the eye, the tactic worked.

The former Newcastle man wore down the Swansea defence and stole away from his marker towards the end of the second half to head home Mark Noble's corner for just his second goal in claret and blue.

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