Andy Carroll felt West Ham United deserved more than they got from Sunday's game against Barclays Premier League high-fliers Liverpool.

The Hammers met Brendan Rodgers' title-challengers with the Reds in the midst of a eight-game winning streak, but gave a good account of themselves as they came close to ending the run.

Guy Demel's goal, which followed a robust challenge from the big No9 on Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet at a Mark Noble corner, cancelled out Steven Gerrard's penalty, only for the visiting skipper to convert a second spot-kick after Adrian was controversially ajudged to have fouled Jon Flanagan.


"We put in a good effort and were hard done by with the two penalties we gave away and losing the game to that," Carroll explained. "But we put ourselves about and were in the game all the way to the end. We did great and I think we could have got the three points or a draw - it was just disappointing that the decisions were made for the two penalties.

"It's good to be involved [in scoring and creating chances]. I think it was another foul which the referee didn't make a good decision on. That one was fortunate for us this time.

"I'm feeling stronger and fitter with every game I play. I've got a lot of training under my belt now and had a lot of games, and I've put myself about to score those goals and make some chances for the team."

The Hammers find themselves ten points clear of the relegation zone after the weekend's fixtures and Carroll believes that buffer will give his side the freedom to mount a final push towards the division's top ten.

He added: "The manager said before the game that we were underdogs and nobody really expects us to beat Liverpool, with the performances they have been putting in lately and being [near the] top of the league.

"We looked more relaxed and I think we controlled it a lot better. We just want to keep on pushing for the last five games and hopefully get in the top ten. That's what the aim was at the start of the season and that hasn't changed."