Roy Calls For Strong Response At Everton

LIKE everyone on the Ewood Park pitch on Saturday, goalkeeper Roy Carroll suffered a frustrating afternoon when Hammers did not perhaps get the reward their commitment deserved.

But the 28-year-old Northern Ireland international is relishing the chance to put things right against Everton against Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

Roy believes Hammers are playing well enough to take something from the clash against the Toffees, but after back-to-back away games knows that this will be another physically demanding contest.

"This is going to be our third game away from home," he explained, "and with the way we've played in the other two it definitely gives us confidence.

"Even though we didn't get the result at Blackburn, it wasn't a poor performance. It's a tough place to go and we can go into the Everton game definitely believing that we can take something away with us.

"Hopefully we can start at the back by keeping a clean sheet and then nick a couple of goals.

"But at the same time Everton have been going well recently, so hopefully we can go up and get something at Goodison Park."

Many felt Alan Pardew's men were hard done by at Blackburn, but Roy certainly won't let that effect him at Goodison on Wednesday, insisting Hammers must move on from the controversies of Ewood Park.

"Our performance wasn't the greatest first-half," he admitted, "but getting the goal just before half-time was a huge boost.

"Second-half we certainly played a lot better, but they got the penalty and it proved to be a route back into the game for them.

"It's just one of those things. Everyone was shouting at the referee, but I don't think you should be doing that. You just have to get on with the game in those situations.

"We were pushing for an equaliser, throwing balls up into their box and the referee was giving free-kicks. It's frustrating, but you just have to get on with it. That's football, you get ups and downs and the game has always been like that.

"As professionals you go out there to win. Blackburn were using all of the 90 minutes, but they were out there to win the game and as the opposition you just have to get on with it."

Roy looks certain to line-up behind a different centre-back pairing, with Christian Dailly the favourite to replace Danny Gabbidon, who suffered a nasty gash to his leg after colliding with the advertising boards.

"Danny was running for the ball and got a little push in the back," explained Roy. "The sponsorship boards are close to the pitch at Ewood Park and Danny just caught his leg on the boards as he went into them.

"It was a big blow to lose him because he's a great player and he's been doing really well this season.

"Him and Anton have formed a great partnership and it will be a blow to not have him at Everton.

"But it's a chance for someone else to come in and hopefully we can continue to play well as a unit in defence."

Roy is boosted however by the form of Bobby Zamora and Marlon Harewood in attack, with the pair netting five goals in three games between them.

"The two guys up front, Bobby and Marlon, have done very well these last two games and they'll be important against at Everton.

"We were disappointed with the result at Blackburn, especially after such a good win at Birmingham. But we've scored four goals in two away games and that's a real positive for us that we'll take into the Everton match."