Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Carroll's a Hit Again Thanks to Drubbing from His 'Missus'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Carroll's a Hit Again Thanks to Drubbing from His 'Missus'

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Byline: Ken Dyer

WEST HAM striker Andy Carroll has admitted the penny has finally dropped after listening to his "missus". Carroll, who scored twice in a 3-2 defeat by Juventus in the official curtain-raiser for West Ham's new home at the London Stadium yesterday, revealed he has begun "listening to advice and learning from mistakes".

West Ham's giant striker concedes that, too many times, his attitude has led to injuries which have punctuated his career.

Now, though, the 27-year-old Gateshead-born front man says that taking in some words of advice, especially from his partner, reality TV star Billi Mucklow, has made the difference.

"It started probably when my missus got on my case," he said. "I thought, 'I have to listen to her'. She set the ball rolling, then I started to listen to everyone else and it has worked. "I've had to take a step back, go in the gym, do some lighter work or have a second recovery day where before, I would be out there on the pitch and wanting to be there all the time.

"With my second goal against Juventus, I took out four players including some of my own team-mates. I used to do that in training as well which wasn't very good for me - or our players.

"I've just learned from my mistakes.

I haven't listened and thought I could get away with it.

"There are a lot of people who have been trying to drill it into my head for three or four seasons now and I haven't listened. It was about time I began to do what they have been saying."

Carroll is hoping that, if he stays injury-free, Sam Allardyce, now in charge of England but formerly his manager at West Ham, will come knocking.

"Every English player wants to get into the squad no matter who the manager is," said Carroll. "The most important thing is to keep fit for West Ham, score goals and then, if it is Sam or another manager, try to push my way in. …

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