West Ham United and England striker Andy Carroll admits he faces a challenge getting back in the side

Andy Carroll faces a challenge to get back in the side: Action Images

Andy Carroll faces a challenge to get back in the side: Action Images

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When Andy Carroll received what was perceived to be a harsh red card against Swansea on February 1 there was an outcry of support from the club to get the decision overturned.

It was believed that the striker was essential in turning around the fortunes of Sam Allardyce’s men, but since then the Hammers have won all three games, scoring seven goals and only conceding one.

In a strange turn of events it is now the England international who faces an uphill battle to regain his spot in the starting line-up against Everton on Saturday.

"Coley (Carlton Cole) is on fire and has scored six goals, while Kev (Kevin Nolan) has got seven, so I've just got to work hard and hope the gaffer sees fit to pick me," Carroll told West Ham’s official website.

"It's unbelievable, where we have come from to where we are now.

"All the lads are buzzing in the dressing room and when I went in there after the game they were all laughing and messing about. It's great and I'm over the moon with how things are going."

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