Andy Carroll was thrilled with his match-winning contribution against Swansea City, as West Ham United sealed all three points in the Barclays Premier League for the first time since New Year's Day.

Despite the best efforts of goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel, Carroll eventually plundered the points for the Hammers, nodding home Mark Noble's corner with little more than ten minutes to play.

Carroll's first goal at the Boleyn Ground was rich reward for Sam Allardyce's men, who carved out a whole host of presentable opportunities, and the Liverpool loanee insists it should perhaps have been rather more comfortable.

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"Their keeper was on fire today to be honest," he told West Ham TV. "He saved one off me, one off [Ricardo] Vaz Te, and a couple off Kevin [Nolan]. He kept them in it. We pounded the goal to be fair and we were unlucky not to be ahead by half time. But I've put a chance away and we've got the three points so I'm delighted.

"It was a great ball in by Noble, he put it in where I wanted it and I've just made a little movement, lost my marker and I put it in.

"The points had dried up a bit and the lads are delighted with the win today, you could see when I scored everyone was celebrating. And everyone was sliding in with last ditch tackles, we needed the three points."

After ending an eight-week lay-off with a 15-minute cameo at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, Carroll made light of his injury-enforced absence, showing few signs of fatigue as he completed the 90 minutes.

"I've had eight weeks off and I've been working hard in the gym," he added. "So my fitness is still high and all the physios and backroom staff have been helping us a lot to keep fit in the gym when I couldn't run. Obviously it showed with getting 90 minutes today.

"It felt good. Getting 20 minutes last week helped me get through the game today. We got three points and the goal, so it was great.

"It's good for us getting the win and now having eight days to have a bit of a rest. It will be good for all the lads to get a rest in a rest now and hopefully get three points at the end of it."

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