Andy Carroll reckons he is well and truly back at full-tilt, after his man-of-the-match display fired West Ham United to an excellent 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Sunderland on Monday evening.

The Hammers' No9 rose majestically to power home Mark Noble's ninth-minute corner, before Mohamed Diame seized on Carroll's neat knockdown to double the visitors' advantage five minutes after the restart.

For the Gateshead-born and once Newcastle United frontman, a telling contribution against Sunderland is all the more special, even if it means he now owes his Mackems-supporting mother an apology!

He told whufc.com: "My mum's whole side of the family are Sunderland fans! It's the first goal [I've scored against Sunderland]. I've tried my hardest every time I've played against them but it's the first one I've got against them and obviously I'm over the moon that we've got the three points as well.

Andy Carroll Cele v Sunderland
Carroll wheels away in celebration after heading the Hammers in front

"The two wins this week have been great for us. We've done well, it's a great run and to keep that going until the end of the season would be fantastic."

As for Carroll's considerable part in the two goals, the 25-year-old insists it owes much to the team's hard work on the training field, even if that means the occasional squabble or two.  

He continued: "What's funny about it is that we practiced set pieces in training on Monday morning. Nobes [Noble] put in a cross that I wasn't happy about and I told him. We had a little argument, a little discussion about it. He said it was a good ball and I carried on saying it wasn't.

"But on Monday night he put it in there perfectly. It couldn't have got any better and I just made a run and got on the end of it. That's obviously one of my strengths and that's one of the main points of my game, if the ball comes in I'm quite confident of getting on the end of it. That's just me really.

"It [the second goal] is another one of our tactics, playing it into me and getting players running off me. That's proven [its worth] again on Monday night with the assist and Mo finishing it." 

Having now started each of the Hammers' last four league outings, with two goals to boot, Carroll is happily fighting fit and thrilled to be racking up the minutes. 

"I'm feeling really good," he confirmed. I've had three 90 minutes in a week, so I couldn't be any fitter to be honest. Obviously I'm a bit tired but we get enough rest and do the right things. All the lads are a bit tired, as you've seen at the end, but we're working hard.  

"It has been a tough season for me, not being fit, but now I've got a couple of goals, a couple of assists and I'm feeling great."