Andy Carroll scored a stunning bicycle kick as West Ham overcame Crystal Palace at the London Stadium and, afterwards, he took aim at outcast teammate Dimitri Payet.
The Frenchman has made it clear to the Hammers hierarchy that he wants to move away from the club, with manager Slaven Bilic telling the press this week that Payet ‘doesn’t want to play’.
He was not in the squad for the visit of Crystal Palace but West Ham gave their manager the response he had called for, scoring three second-half goals to win the London derby in style.
Carroll scored his team’s second goal with a stunning acrobatic effort from 15 yards and afterwards he hailed the bond that exists in the dressing room, with or without Payet.
“I don’t think any player is bigger than the club. That’s what the lads believe, the manager, all the staff and the fans. We showed we’re a tight group and got three points for it,” said the 28-year-old.
The burly striker admitted it was a tough week for all the players given what was going on but Carroll said they had shown they will go ahead with the task at hand, irrespective of what their outcast playmaker is doing.
“It has been tough, especially as the lads are close to one another,” Carroll added. “To put all that behind us and work as a team has been fantastic.
All the lads in the dressing room were fantastic and professional. They know what it means to the fans and the club. We stuck together and everyone is hungry and dedicated.
It showed in the performance.” West Ham are 3.10 to win away at Middlesbrough next weekend.