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Reid blames Carroll dismissal for points dropped

Filed: Tuesday, 17th October 2017
By: Staff Writer

Central defender Winston Reid believes West Ham would have taken all three points from Burnley last weekend - if Andy Carroll had not been dismissed.

The former England striker received his marching orders after just 27 minutes of the game at Turf Moor, having been booked twice within the space of 90 seconds - leaving his team mates with only ten men for more than an hour.

And the Kiwi insisted that had the impetuous Carroll kept his head, West Ham would have returned to London with all three points, rather than just the one.

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"All in all, we are getting better," Reid told West Ham's website. "I think the football we played at the start of the match was really good and if we had eleven players on the pitch we would have ultimately won the game.

ďI think when you concede with five minutes to go it feels like a defeat. It was disappointing to concede that late. We would have liked to have held on, but I guess a point away from home is a pretty good outcome.

"We would have liked to have kept another clean sheet, but it didnít quite pan out that way - so we will look to bounce back next week against Brighton on Friday night - and we have to win that game."

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Although it is perhaps a little early in the season to refer to forthcoming matches as 'must win' affairs, Reid is acutely aware of the need to move away from the lower reaches of the Premier League table.

The Hammers are currently just three points above the relegation zone - although a win on Friday night could catapult them into the upper half of the table. "We need to start picking up some more wins so that we can get further up the table," he added.

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