Andy Carroll took much of the flak on Twitter as West Ham United made it three Premier League losses in a row with a 3-2 defeat at home against Leicester City.
The Englishman missed an injury-time sitter from six yards which would have salvaged a draw and Hammers fans were quick to criticise the striker’s display.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) March 19, 2017
The hosts fell behind early on when Riyad Mahrez’s cross drifted past goalkeeper Darren Randolph and the Irishman was picking the ball out of his net again minutes later as Robert Huth nodded in a clever chip from Marc Albrighton.
Manuel Lanzini’s superb free-kick halved the deficit before Jamie Vardy smashed in from close range to make it 3-1 to the Foxes at half-time.
Andre Ayew’s header bought it back to 3-2 and prompted a siege on the Leicester goal in the final half hour, but the Irons were unable to find a way through.
Kasper Schmeichel was in fine form between the sticks and his save from Carroll at the death was excellent, but the West Ham faithful felt that the 28-year-old let the Dane off the hook by putting the ball straight at him.
The loss leaves the Hammers 12th and they have little left to play for with nine games still remaining.
The supporters’ frustration was clear on Twitter and although some came to Carroll’s defence, there were many who thought he could and should have performed better.
The best of the tweets can be found below:
— Darren Skingle (@DRS_Engineering) March 19, 2017
Surely Ayew over Carroll at the moment
— TheWestHamView (@TheWHUFC_View) March 19, 2017
We are way to one dimensional with Carroll in the side, we miss Sakho so much!
— Tom ⚒ Jordan (@TomCOYI_92) March 18, 2017
That miss is the exact reason Carroll will never be good enough. Can win headers all day long, but can't slot home from 6 yards
— West_Ham_COYI (@West_Ham_COYI) March 18, 2017
We probably should've subbed Carroll for Feghouli yesterday, changed the game plan
— Jåck (@_JackWHU) March 19, 2017
Carroll deserves more from the fans imo he works his socks off every week and isn't greedy either
— Arun⚒ (@ArunWHU) March 19, 2017
Andy Carroll is a joke, how can you miss that at the death?! #WHU
— Sam (@clarkee94) March 18, 2017
Every one knows that you give Andy carroll the right service he's unplayable so why can't anyone put a decent Cross in.
— ⚒ Patrick kenny ⚒ (@Oldiron7) March 19, 2017
Cannot believe I've just watched Andy Carroll get absolutely bossed by a centre back i didn't even know before kick off #westham
— Rob Waldon WHUFC ⚒ (@RobWaldon) March 18, 2017
Noble doesn't start so Andy Carroll is everyone's scapegoat now. Which English player will it be next? Antonio?
— Jack Lebeau (@JackLebeau66) March 18, 2017
No Shearer, Schmeichel's "big, strong hand" should have been nowhere near reaching Carroll's shot. It was rank bad finishing. Simple.
— EX Hammers (@EXHammers) March 18, 2017
imo, Calleri should of had a chance, Carroll wasn't up for that game
— Irons. (@HammerCj) March 18, 2017