Romelu Lukaku marked his return from a month on the sidelines with a late winner against West Ham to breathe much-needed life into Everton
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Sam Allardyce has revealed a warm-weather training camp in Dubai has acted as a carrot dangled in front of his squad in recent weeks.
– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
It's already benefited us.
Once the lads knew the trip was booked four or five weeks ago, it has been part of our turnaround. It was something for them to look forward to, to strive for.
The critical need for it for every player we have is for them to get a bit of sun on their back, do a little bit of light training and ease the pressure on the mind, soul and body. They will come back refreshed.
We've already had a massive response because they have been looking forward to it so much, and now they can look forward to it even more because of what they have just achieved.
Sam Allardyce has challenged his players to shine in the absence of Andy Carroll and suggested they could keep West Ham's most expensive player warming the bench when he returns from suspension.
– West Ham boss Sam Allardyce
What about this? Andy Carroll comes back from suspension, West Ham haven't lost a game and won most of them and Andy Carroll has to sit on the bench. That would be nice.
Carlton and Marco played a dual role (against Villa) - 45 minutes apiece - which is what I talked to them about before the game.
I told them 'today will be 45 minutes each for you so give us your best 45 minutes to help your team try and win'.
Both made a contribution on Saturday and they will have to continue to do so.