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West Ham grabbed a vital home victory over Swansea City, as Andy Carroll provided two assists for friend and team-mate Kevin Nolan before finding himself controversially sent off.
The Hammers won 2-0 thanks to two first-half strikes from Nolan, who found himself in the right place to finish off two astute headed knock-downs from the impressive Carroll. But the former Newcastle and Liverpool striker's afternoon finished on a sour note after the referee dismissed him for a clash with Chico Flores.
Upset by an aerial challenge from the Spaniard, Carroll appeared to try to throw Flores to the ground before swinging an elbow. Contact was minimal, but Flores went down, and Howard Webb deemed the incident worthy of a dismissal.
That left the Swans with 20 minutes to try to clamber back into the match, but the home side held firm to pick up a deserved victory.
Afterwards, Sam Allardyce told BT Sport (via The Independent):
I've just had a look at it and from our point of view I can't see why Howard has decided to give him [Carroll] a red card.
His arm's gone over the top of his head and while his arm's swinging round, coming from a position where both players have tangled and are coming round to correct their balance, there were players running round to obscure his [Webb's] view.
So he can't be absolutely certain of what's happened, except that Chico Flores is over-exaggerating, which is generally the norm for him unfortunately.
To clutch his face and roll around, I think that's had a big influence on Howard's decision, thinking that it's caught him in the face when it hasn't at all.
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