Carroll scored one and set up the other as Newcastle came from behind to win
By Peter Scrivener
Andy Carroll put a troubled week behind him by heading Newcastle's winner in a 2-1 win that leaves West Ham rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
The striker, who appeared in court on an assault charge on Monday, nodded in Joey Barton's cross from close range.
Carroll had earlier set up Kevin Nolan for Newcastle's equaliser - heading a Barton centre into his skipper's path.
Carlton Cole's opener for West Ham came after early pressure but the home side were outplayed from then on.
The result leaves the Hammers level on points with Wolves and Liverpool but below them on goal difference.
Grant disappointed to let lead slip
Avram Grant's side started the match with all the confidence you would expect from a team that was unbeaten in its previous four outings.
They spent the majority of the opening 10 minutes of the game camped in the Newcastle half.
However, they were unable to create any clear-cut chances until a moment of class from Mark Noble which led to their goal.
The midfielder showed terrific vision to pick out Frederic Piquionne's run from deep with a beautifully weighted pass over the top and the French striker's low ball across the six yard box was gleefully turned in by Cole for his first goal of the season.
But the home side appeared to switch off after scoring and suddenly Newcastle were in the ascendancy with Jonas Gutierrez, Barton and Carroll providing the main threat.
And the Magpies duly levelled when Carroll rose well at the back post to head Barton's cross into the path of Nolan, who smashed in a low shot from eight yards.
Chances continued to be at a premium though as the first-half continued to be played out at breakneck speed, to the detriment of the quality of football on display at times.
Passes frequently went astray and the ball spent periods ricocheting untidily around the midfield.
Victor Obinna's surging runs down the left lifted the home fans but he was wasteful with his final ball, while Gutierrez and Shola Ameobi were similarly at fault for Newcastle.
Carroll however continued to terrorise the West Ham defence and he forced a decent save out of Robert Green just after the break.
Hughton stands by striker Carroll
The 21-year-old was played in by a deft nod down from Nolan, with who he has been
ordered to live until January while on bail,
but his controlled volley from the edge of the box was comfortably held by the Hammers' stopper.
West Ham were then rocked by the sudden departure of captain Matthew Upson.
The centre-back, who did not appear to be injured in a challenge, went down with an unidentified problem that necessitated him leaving the pitch.
The short break did not disrupt Newcastle's flow though and it was fitting that Carroll's tireless running up front should be rewarded with Newcastle's winner.
Barton, who had another terrific game for the Magpies, was again the provider.
His centre found an unmarked Carroll eight yards out and the striker powerfully headed home.
The visitors, who have moved into the top half of the table with the win, could easily have scored more as they laid siege to the West Ham goal.
Barton's deflected shot looped over while Green could only watch as a deflected Shola Ameobi effort wrong-footed him and rolled just wide, while Carroll's late long-range effort flew past the post.
90:00+3:11 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
90:00+0:11 Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
88:35 Andrew Carroll has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
86:23 Sanchez Jose Enrique challenges Victor Obinna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Noble sends in a cross, Manuel da
Costa has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
85:38 Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Victor Obinna results in a free kick. Kevin Nolan takes the free kick.
84:43 Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
81:58 Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Daniel Gabbidon gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, save made by Robert Green.
80:38 Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Mark Noble gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line,
Victor Obinna makes a clearance.
79:23 The offside flag is raised against Carlton Cole. Free kick taken by Danny Simpson.
75:05 Substitution Pablo Barrera comes on in place of Valon Behrami.
73:56 Shola Ameobi has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
73:06 Joey Barton takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Gabbidon. Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Daniel Gabbidon manages to
make a clearance.
70:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Valon Behrami. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
68:18 Joey Barton provided the assist for the goal.
68:18 GOAL - Andrew Carroll:West Ham 1 - 2 Newcastle Andrew Carroll scores a headed goal from close in. West Ham 1-2 Newcastle.
66:54 Shola Ameobi fouled by Manuel da Costa, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton
from left channel, Herita Ilunga makes a clearance. Corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Herita Ilunga makes
66:54 Substitution Frederic Piquionne leaves the field to be replaced by Benni McCarthy.
58:42 Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Krul. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
57:41 Unfair challenge on Daniel Gabbidon by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
56:20 Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Comfortable save by Robert Green.
52:36 Substitution Herita Ilunga comes on in place of Matthew Upson.
48:23 Long distance effort from Shola Ameobi misses to the left of the goal.
46:47 Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:00+2:29 The match has reached half-time.
45:00+1:50 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joey Barton.
Correction - 45:00+0:18 Joey Barton takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
45:00+0:18 Joey Barton takes a shot.
43:50 Unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
42:07 Corner from the left by-line taken by Victor Obinna, Andrew Carroll manages to make a clearance.
38:51 Cheik Tiote fouled by Victor Obinna, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
37:55 Effort from outside the area by Scott Parker goes wide right of the goal.
36:09 Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
34:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Carroll on Daniel Gabbidon. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
31:46 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Upson, Tim Krul makes a comfortable save.
28:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Frederic Piquionne. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
25:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Noble by Joey Barton. Centre by Mark Noble, Headed effort from deep inside
the area by Frederic Piquionne misses to the left of the goal.
24:06 Victor Obinna takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
22:20 GOAL - Kevin Nolan:West Ham 1 - 1 Newcastle Kevin Nolan grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 1-1 Newcastle.
21:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Green by Andrew Carroll. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
18:58 Foul by Carlton Cole on Fabricio Coloccini, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Cheik Tiote.
16:59 Cheik Tiote takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance made by Matthew
11:33 GOAL - Carlton Cole:West Ham 1 - 0 Newcastle Carlton Cole finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Newcastle.
Correction - 11:14 GOAL - Carlton Cole:West Ham 1 - 0 Newcastle Carlton Cole grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Newcastle.
11:14 The assist for the goal came from Frederic Piquionne.
9:22 Mark Noble is adjudged to have handled the ball. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
6:59 Frederic Piquionne is caught offside. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
6:06 Carlton Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
2:06 Foul by Frederic Piquionne on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
1:11 Unfair challenge on Valon Behrami by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Upson.
0:00 The referee gets the game underway.
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