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Premier League match report: West Ham 3-1 West Brom

Andy Carroll took the plaudits at Upton Park Credit: PA Wire

Andy Carroll gave Roy Hodgson a timely reminder of his talents as he inspired West Ham to an impressive win which eased any lingering hopes of relegation at Upton Park.

Carroll has endured a difficult time in east London since he arrived on loan from Liverpool last summer, but today he battered West Brom's ailing defence in to submission.

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Lambert defends Villa's place at bottom of 'fair play' table

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. Credit: PA

Paul Lambert insists Aston Villa are not a dirty side despite being bottom of the fair play table ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Liverpool at Villa Park.

Relegation-threatened Villa have accumulated 64 bookings and two red cards during the current campaign.

Midfielder Fabian Delph became the first Premier League player to have to serve a two-game ban for 10 bookings and right-back Matt Lowton is one yellow card away from facing the same punishment.

Lambert said:

"I'm a little bit surprised we are bottom (of the fair play table). Because we're a young side, sometimes our enthusiasm overrides things._

_Are Villa a dirty side? Are you kidding. We've got one player over six feet tall. The rest are three feet, nine inches!"

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West Brom will fight to the last says head coach

West Brom Head Coach Steve Clarke Credit: PA

West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke insists his side still have plenty to play for during the next two months and will not allow the season to fizzle out.

The Baggies are assured of a fourth successive season of Premier League football and have only a remote chance of securing a Europa League spot.

Former West Ham number two Clarke said:

"We are professional, we want to finish as high as we can with as many points as we can."

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'We weren't lucky, we played well' says Steve Clarke

West Brom manager, Steve Clarke, said his side's win last night against Liverpool, was not down to luck, but excellent football.

West Brom's 2-0 win came from goals by Gareth McAuley in the 80th minute and Romelu Lukaku in injury time. Albion's goalkeeper Ben Foster had an excellent evening making a string of fine saves, including one from Steven Gerrard from the penalty spot.

West Brom's victory at Anfield follows their 3-0 win at home on the opening day of the season.

It's the first time Albion have won home and away against Liverpool since 1967.

The win saw them leapfrog Liverpool in the Premier League and they're now in 8th position.

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