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Andy Carroll says West Ham United’s players left everything on the pitch in order to secure a morale boosting 2-0 win over Huddersfield United.

The powerful forward was playing his first game of the season after recovering from injury and provided a focal point in attack.

United had to battle hard for the win and Carroll was full of praise for a committed performance.

“It’s been a tough road for us but we went out there and we played our hearts out, and we got the three points,” he told the club website.

“We needed this win. It’s been tough but the lads are behind the manager. We went out there and fought and we got the two goals.”

A bustling individual display from Carroll will have been a pleasing sight for Hammers fans as he made his latest comeback from injury.

He enjoyed getting back on the pitch after a long and arduous road to recovery.

“It’s nice to be back on the pitch. It’s been a long time over the summer. I’ve been working hard in training a lot and it has paid off,” Carroll explained.

“It’s been tough but I’ve worked hard. Now I’m back, hopefully the misery is behind me.”