West Ham United striker Andy Carroll refusing to give up

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West Ham striker Andy Carroll insists his side will continue to work hard in their pursuit of the top four, despite their ‘upsetting’ 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Hammers, currently priced at 7.50 to finish in the top four, looked to have snatched all three points at Stamford Bridge but Chelsea scored a controversial 89th-minute penalty through Cesc Fabregas.

Slaven Bilic’s side stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight matches but they were left disappointed on Saturday afternoon.

Manuel Lanzini opened the scoring inside the first half but Fabregas scored a sublime free-kick to draw Chelsea level on the stroke of half-time.

Carroll thought he had given his side the win with his goal just past the hour mark, but Chelsea fought back to share the spoils and remain 10th in the Premier League table.

West Ham still sit fifth in the standings but Manchester City have a game in hand and can move four points clear in fourth.

Speaking after the match, Carroll insists his side will not quit in their hunt for Champions League football but concedes the dressing room was disappointed after the 2-2 draw.

“All the lads 100 per cent want us to get into Europe,” Carroll told the club’s official website.

“That is what we are pushing for. It would have been nice for us to come away with a victory and push us even higher up the table, but we will have a nice break and come back and work harder from there.

“It was a bit upsetting to only get a point. We conceded just before half-time and then just before the end which is upsetting. But we worked really hard and we did deserve the win.”

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