West Ham boss: Liverpool loanee given extra attention

07:00 20 November 2012

Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce's West Ham United side are up against it with the fixtures in front of them this month. Pic:Rob Newell/TGS Photo

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce feels Andy Carroll is targeted for extra attention from opposing defenders as he searches for his first goal for the club.

The £35million striker, currently on loan from Liverpool, again failed to find the back of the net as the Hammers were held to a 1-1 draw by Stoke at Upton Park.

Jonathan Walters opened the scoring for the visitors with a smart finish following a well-worked corner routine and Allardyce needed defender Joey O’Brien to hit only his second goal for the club to rescue a point.

Allardyce believes Carroll’s reputation means he will always be highlighted as the main threat by opposing teams.

“He is going to attract attention by the fact he is very good at his hold-up play and [because of] his heading ability, and people are going to need to pay particular attention to him,” he said.

“He is going to attract one or two defenders around him and that will create spaces elsewhere.

“Andy is not to be frustrated by the fact that he is not scoring at the moment and in fact today he didn’t get much of a chance to score.

“But I think sooner or later, if we keep concentrating on him making runs into the box and the service we give, he will eventually score.”

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