Carroll nets in friendly draw

Andy Carroll was back among the goals in Claret and Blue on Thursday afternoon, as a West Ham United XI drew 3-3 with Fulham in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Boleyn Ground.

England international Carroll, who made his first Barclays Premier League appearance of the season as a substitute in the goalless draw against Aston Villa, completed the 90 minutes and netted from close range to level the scores at two apiece.

West Ham's No9 looked sharp, putting in a typically robust display, as he won headers at will and created a number of chances for himself and team-mates alike.

Fielding a strong-looking XI, West Ham opened the scoring early on courtesy of a superb Ricardo Vaz Te volley, one that owed plenty to Matt Jarvis' burst into the box.

In an entertaining and open affair, both sides had several a sight of goal, before Moussa Dembele squared things up with a smart finish. Kevin Nolan then smashed the bar, but the Cottagers were to turn the game on its head when Chris David struck.

The topsy-turvy contest continued with Carroll's leveller, before former Oldham Athletic and Leeds United forward Matt Smith fired Fulham in front for a second time. The Hammers, however, had the final say, with Nolan striking late on to complete the scoring.