Carroll’s challenge on De Gea ‘deserved a yellow card at worst’

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says Andy Carroll did not deserve further punishment for his clash with David De Gea in midweek

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Sam Allardyce's West Ham host Wigan on Saturday Photo: Back Page Images

Sam Allardyce admits Andy Carroll’s clash with David De Gea in West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Wednesday was “clumsy” but does not think the striker should have been sent off.

A furious Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that the challenge was an “obvious” red card after the forward clattered into the Manchester United goalkeeper just before half-time and took out Patrice Evra in the process.

Referee Lee Probert awarded United a free-kick after the incident and Allardyce does not feel Carroll deserved further punishment.

“I think it was a clumsy challenge,” said Allardyce. “As I said after the game Andy had committed to it and wasn’t going to get there in the end but couldn’t stop his momentum.

“I still consider that to be the case. He wants to go and score, and it was probably an over-committed challenge.

“At the worst for me he might have got a yellow card, but it shouldn’t detract from what was a good performance.”

West Ham host Wigan Athletic at Upton Park on Saturday in their next Premier League game.

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