Andy Carroll may have ended up on the losing side at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but the West Ham United striker still had plenty to be proud of.

Despite being disappointed to have lost out on points against Manchester City in the 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat, Carroll was pleased to have notched yet another goal for the Hammers, bringing his seasonal tally to seven - six of those in the last ten games.

"Getting another goal was good, really good, because that keeps the run [of goals] going for me," said the No8. "I want to be scoring for the team all the time, as many as I can, in every match if I can, so it was important to put that one in.

"But obviously at the end of the day we are disappointed because we lost. You want to win and it is about the team, but I thought we played well and kept it as tight as we could, even though they had a lot of the ball so it was hard at times. The finish from Yaya Toure to get the result for them was great. There was nothing any of us could do about that strike."

Carroll grabbed one back for West Ham after he met Guy Demel's cross in injury time to hit a low shot which squirmed under Joe Hart and crawled over the line, much to the delight of the army of travelling Hammers fans behind the England keeper's goal.

"We kept going. Although we did lose, to get a goal against them and make it 2-1 instead of 2-0, just made it that bit closer. We battled to the end to make sure that, if we weren't going to win, we would push them to the end."

Before the lunchtime kick-off against last season's Barclays Premier League champions and this year's FA Cup with Budweiser finalists, the Hammers had gone five games unbeaten.

A good run of results at home at the Boleyn Ground this season has seen West Ham edge that bit closer to securing their Premier League status and it is something the team want to carry on until the end of the season, with Newcastle United visiting this weekend for penultimate home match

The visit of the Magpies, where it all started for the Geordie-born forward, is something he is very much looking forward to.

Carroll played his part when the Hammers got a 1-0 away win at St James' Park earlier in the season, the winning strike coming from club captain Kevin Nolan, who was also playing against his old side.

"It will be a tough game, it is always difficult to play against them - they probably haven't had the season they wanted in terms of where they are in the league, but can still be a force and I am just looking forward to playing them.

"We did have a great result up there back in November, Kev got the goal. And we are playing really well at home and getting the results here, so we will definitely be looking to keep that going at the weekend as we feel confident.

"We went into Saturday's game on the back of five games unbeaten so it is always disappointing when a run like that is broken. But as I said, we are confident at home and it is all about making sure we finish the season in the strongest way possible and we will be trying to do that again with another good result at home on Saturday."

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