Voting open for Player of the Month

Voting is now open for the West Ham United Player of the Month award for March.

Following four successive wins in February, March was a more mixed month for the Hammers, although it ended in fine style with back-to-back victories over Hull City and Sunderland.

That represented a welcome return to form for Sam Allardyce's men following defeats against Everton, Stoke City and Manchester United to begin the month.

West Ham found the net five times in March, and leading the way with two of them was Andy Carroll.

The big No9 earns a nomination for the award after opening his goalscoring account for the season with a trademark header at Stoke, and then following it up with another fine headed effort against Sunderland.

Providing him with both goals from set-piece deliveries was Mark Noble and he is also up for the prize after enjoying another productive month.

The No16 also got on to the scoresheet, by confidently dispatching a penalty beyond Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper in West Ham's 2-1 Boleyn Ground victory.

At the back, West Ham may not have been able to keep any clean sheets in March, but they still had to defend strongly to secure their wins over Hull and Sunderland - and a valiant rearguard effort almost earned them a point at Everton.

James Tomkins started all five games in the month and could pick up the Player of the Month award for the first time this season.

Also in the running is Stewart Downing, who was a constant threat in the victory at Sunderland, and was only denied his first goal for the Club by a fingertip save from Vito Mannone in the second half.

Completing the shortlist is Matt Taylor, who has been a model of consistency in the middle of the park, starting four games in the month and providing a useful link between defence and attack.

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