West Ham striker delighted after beating Sunderland

Andy Carroll celebrates his goal

Andy Carroll celebrates his goal

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ANDY Carroll believes West Ham are safe after their 2-1 win at Sunderland tonight.

The striker scored the opening goal at the Stadium of Light and a second from Mo Diame put the Hammers clear.

Sunderland pulled one back through Adam Johnson but it was not enough to earn them anything.

West Ham now have 37 points, are comfortable in mid-table, and Carroll said that they are now out of trouble.

“You take every game as it is, keep an eye on the teams winning below, but I think we are safe, yeah,” he said.

Carroll’s man-of-the-match performance again roused the debate as to whether or not he should be picked for the World Cup.

“That’s what I’m looking for now, scoring goals and keeping on it until the end of the season,” he added.

Captain Kevin Nolan was pleased to win against a Sunderland side who were eyeing up catching West Ham.

“We knew it was going to be tough and Adam Johnson made an impact.

“We knew it would not be easy because they’re scrapping, but we knew if we won we’d be clear of them,” he said.

“We got the three points and put space between us and the bottom three.”