Sam Allardyce insists West Ham supporters are firmly behind on loan striker Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll: Looking for his first West Ham goal

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes the club's supporters are firmly behind on-loan striker Andy Carroll.

The 23-year-old has yet to get off the mark since arriving at Upton Park in August, but Allardyce is convinced Carroll's wholehearted approach has the fans on side.

"The fans at West Ham love committed players and they love players who give their all and I think Andy wears his heart on his sleeve," Allardyce said.

"I think a part of Andy's frustration has been the amount of times he seems to be fouled these days but doesn't seem to get the free-kicks against him that he deserves.

"He has to understand that's probably always going to be the case but for him it's not to get frustrated by that it's about making runs in the right positions and just keep showing that commitment and eventually it will pay off for him and for us.

"What I do think is that he's not just a goal scorer. That's 90% of his game. I think he's an all-round frontman in terms of his hold-up play and his movement as well as his ability to score goals."