Andy Carroll Red Card: How West Ham Will Cope in Star's Absence

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Andy Carroll Red Card: How West Ham Will Cope in Star's Absence
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Andy Carroll's red card rules him out of the next three games.

Updates from Friday, Feb. 7

According to Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph, Carroll's appeal was rejected:

Updates from Thursday, Feb. 6

Press Association Sport (via Eurosport) has an update on Andy Carroll's ban from West Ham co-owner David Gold, who says the club will take legal action to help reverse the ban:

Gold told Press Association Sport: "We are hugely disappointed at the outcome of the process.

"There is nowhere to go other than to seek some kind of legal redress. It's not ideal, the last thing I want to do is going to some kind of legal issue because I think it is a footballing issue.

"But we are fighting for our lives. If we were mid-table we would probably get on with it but we are fighting for our lives to retain our Premiership status and we owe it to our fans, we owe it to ourselves."

Mirror's Darren Lewis has an update on Carroll's situation:

The FA have sensationally agreed to arbitration in the Andy Carroll case to prevent West Ham going to the High Court on Friday morning over the striker’s red card.

A hearing has been scheduled - under the FA’s Rule K - for 11am Friday at a venue to be arranged. Both parties will choose one person each to sit on a three-man panel.

A third will have to be agreed upon.

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West Ham United's record signing Andy Carroll hasn't really enjoyed the best of times at Upton Park, has he?

No sooner is he back from a long-term injury than he is ruled out for three important games after his red card against Swansea on Feb. 1, the Daily Mail confirmed on Feb. 4.

 

It was sheer stupidity from the striker, but it shouldn't come as any surprise.

Whilst on loan from Liverpool, Carroll was involved in two unsavoury incidents against Manchester United which ex-United player Gary Neville noted, via 101greatgoals.com, was "either an accident or a jail sentence."

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Referee Howard Webb had no option but to send Carroll off.

West Ham can now only call upon Carroll's services for 11 out of the final 14 Premier League games of the season.

So how will they cope in his immediate absence?

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Carlton Cole, with a huge five goals according to the official West Ham website, will be tasked with scoring the goals to keep the Hammers afloat, along with new signing Marco Borrielo.

The 31-year-old Italian will need to hit the ground running. With only a solitary goal to his name this season for Roma, he would hardly appear to be the saviour that West Ham will require in their hour of need.

Ricardo Vaz Te is still some way from fitness and is recovering from a dislocated shoulder sustained at the Liberty Stadium in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season.

West Ham's next three fixtures are away to Aston Villa, home to Norwich City and finally away to Southampton. All were eminently winnable with Andy Carroll as the focal point, but his absence could be the difference.

Carroll's presence unsettles defences, his intelligent use of the ball showing that he isn't just a one-trick pony.

His more "industrial" style on the football pitch is far from the "West Ham way" and older supporters schooled on football played by the likes of Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking might well turn their noses up.

A player made in the true image of his manager Sam Allardyce, he is the antithesis of what West Ham are all about. Jose Mourinho even called it "19th-century football:"

But on his day, there aren't too many traditional English centre-forwards who do the job better than Andy Carroll.

What a pity that his temper may have just cost his club a place at English football's biggest table next season.

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