The voting for April's SBOBET Player of the Month award is now open with several strong candidates looking to follow in the footsteps of March winner Andy Carroll.
On-loan striker Carroll is amongst the nominees again, having scored two goals in the month and he is joined in the shortlist by goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, defenders James Collins and Joey O'Brien and midfield duo Mohamed Diame and Matt Jarvis.
April began with a fine 0-0 draw at Liverpool, which featured a strong defensive display led by the imperious Collins.
The Hammers took to the road again a week later, as they travelled down to the south coast to take on Southampton. There, Gaston Ramirez's second half goal gave the Saints a narrow advantage, but Carroll's deflected free kick earned Sam Allardyce's men a share of the spoils.
It was a quick return to action for West Ham as champions-elect Manchester United visited the Boleyn Ground, and the Hammers came within 13 minutes of claiming all three points after Ricardo Vaz Te's header and Diame's wonder goal twice put them in front. But strikes from Antonio Valencia and Robin van Persie rescued a draw for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
The run of three successive draws was brought to an end the following weekend, when West Ham soaked up plenty of Wigan Athletic pressure to inflict a 2-0 defeat on the relegation strugglers. Matt Jarvis and Kevin Nolan were the men on target.
The month ended with the Hammers' first defeat in six, but they still put up a fight at FA Cup finalists Manchester City, whose goals from Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure were enough to ensure Carroll's late strike was a mere consolation.
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