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Carroll pays Teddy tribute

Andy Carroll praised the influence of attacking coach Teddy Sheringham after scoring his fifth goal in his last eight Barclays Premier League appearances.

The centre forward reacted quickest to score West Ham United's opening goal in Sunday's 3-0 home win over Hull City, after strike partner Enner Valencia's shot had been parried by Allan McGregor.

Carroll said he had been working closely with Sheringham on his positioning and anticipation inside the penalty area - work that paid off handsomely against the Tigers.

"That's what we've been doing in training with Teddy - a lot of finishing and following-up," he revealed. "That is just another one of his sessions which happens, with Enner shooting and me following in and I had a little tap-in.

"I don't normally score many of them, so it was nice to get one! I feel good and five goals in eight games sounds good, so hopefully there is a lot more to come."

The No9 scored four minutes into the second half before two quickfire strikes from Morgan Amalfitano and Stewart Downing with around 20 minutes remaining put Hull to the sword.

"It is devastating for any team to concede two goals quickly and that's what we were aiming for, to score one and then attack straight away and get another, which is what we did. In the second half, I thought the lads played great," said Carroll.

"They were great goals. Morgan is unbelievable with his feet and he was so cool and composed and dinked it over the 'keeper, then obviously it was a great ball by Alex Song to put Stewie in. It's a hard finish when you've got time to think about what to do, but Stewie had the confidence to slot it in as well.

"Stewie is a fantastic player. He was hinting that he's the new Ryan Giggs, which the lads were giving him stick for! He's a great player and it suits him very nice in that hole."

As well as Sheringham and his team-mates, Carroll also praised manager Sam Allardyce for switching from an ineffective 4-3-3 formation to a far more fluent diamond shape at half-time - a tactical change which undoubtedly tipped the match in West Ham's favour.

"The first half wasn't the best so we knew we had to come out in the second half and do something. Obviously the manager changed the formation, which helped a lot, and we went on the attack straight away and scored a goal.

"The formation Hull were playing didn't help and didn't suit the way we were playing in the first half, so when we changed it around it helped a lot with Enner being a lot closer to me and Stewie just in behind.

"It suited us more than it suited them in the second half and we got an early goal and then went on to get a couple more, which was great."

Looking forward, West Ham have a tough-looking run of Barclays Premier League fixtures to tackle in late January and February, but first up is an FA Cup fourth-round trip to Bristol City on Sunday.

Carroll knows the League One high-fliers will be no pushovers, but says the Hammers will travel to Ashton Gate full of confidence that they can reach the last 16.

"We hadn't won many games so it was important to get a win and move onto the next one. All the lads are feeling great.

"I'm sure the manager will make us watch the videos and see how they work and we will be set-up to play against them."