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West Ham’s next chance for its first points of the Premier League season comes with a Monday visit from surprising Huddersfield Town (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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The Irons will hope that a starting role for Andy Carroll can help them get the job done, and pairing with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has to be an enticing idea for embattled coach Slaven Bilic.

For Huddersfield Town, Jonas Lossl is between the sticks with a chance to become just the fourth goalkeeper in PL history to start his career with four clean sheets. The Danish backstop would join Pepe Reina, Anders Lindegaard, and Alex Manninger.

This is the first match between West Ham and Huddersfield Town since the 1997-98 League Cup.

LINEUPS

West Ham United: Hart, Zabaleta, Reid, Collins, Fonte, Cresswell, Kouyate, Obiang, Antonio, Chicharito, Carroll. Subs: Adrian, Byram, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Rice, Ayew, Sakho.

Huddersfield Town: Lossl; Smith, Schindler, Billing, Lowe, Mooy, Zanka, Ince, Van La Parra, Kachunga, Mounie. Subs: Coleman, Malone, Sabiri, Williams, Depoitre, Hadergjonaj, Hefele.

Southampton 1-3 West Ham United: Obiang the star at St. Mary’s

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  • Gabbiadini, Carroll trade early goals
  • West Ham into ninth
  • Saints 7 points off drop zone

Pedro Obiang scored and had an assist as West Ham rebounded from a big loss and an early deficit to stop Southampton 3-1 on Saturday at St. Mary’s.

Andy Carroll and Mark Noble also scored for the Irons. Manolo Gabbiadini netted on debut for the Saints, who played against longtime servant Jose Fonte.

West Ham now has 31 points, as close to sixth as 18th. Saints are still three results clear of the drop zone, but won’t be pleased to be just seven points off relegation.

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Carroll rose high to head the game’s first chance just over the bar, lunging to nod at Sofiane Feghouli‘s invitation.

The new boy raced onto a diagonal ball to make it 1-0, tearing into a shot that fired over the head of Darren Randolph.

Pedro Obiang slid a ball between Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens, allowing red-hot Carroll to race onto a chance and slide it to the left of Lee Grant. 1-1.

Obiang scored himself with a low seeing-eye shot from 25 yards that somehow eluded the mess of bodies in the 18 and Grant, who had to plan for deflections. 2-1.

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Saints’ misery multiplied when Mark Noble’s tight-angled free kick was turned behind Fraser Forster by Steven Davis for what could have been an own goal.

Davis had a terrific shot in the 74th minute, looking for redemption only to find Randolph on the other end.

Middlesbrough 1-3 West Ham: Another big day for Big Andy

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  • Carroll scores twice
  • West Ham moves 10th
  • Boro stays 16th

Andy Carroll bagged a brace and Jonathan Calleri netted late as West Ham United continued its return to form with a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

The win moves Slaven Bilic‘s Hammers 10th, on 28 points.

Christian Stuani scored Boro’s goal as the Teesiders remain four points ahead of the drop zone.

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Carroll is finally healthy, and took advantage of poor marking from normally stingy Boro when he rose to power Manuel Lanzini‘s corner home.

But Aitor Karanka‘s boys had an answer, albeit on their first shot of the night. Calum Chambers‘ cross set up Stuani for a goal most would convert, and he did. 1-1.

Carroll had an answer, though, maintaining his red-hot form with a goal before halftime. He poked in a rebound from Michail Antonio‘s rip at Victor Valdes.

Argentine striker Calleri salted the result away, hitting a deflected shot beyond Valdes.

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Carroll on amazing bicycle kick: “I try them a lot in training”

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Andy Carroll may will never score a better goal than this in his career.

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The West Ham United striker, 27, has been known for some flying acrobatic efforts in his time at both Newcastle United and Liverpool in the past but few most have felt sweeter to see hit the back of the net than his flying bicycle kick against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Carroll’s goal put the Hammers 2-0 up against Palace in the London derby and his side ran out eventual 3-0 winners to move them up into midtable and far away from the relegation zone.

Yet, after the game everyone wanted to speak about Carroll’s stunner rather than a big three points for West Ham.

“I do try them in training a lot but they don’t come off like that,” Carroll smiled. “I’ve had a few attempts this evening and been unlucky. I’m glad that one went in. I felt it [going in] straight off my boot – it was a great feeling.”

Carroll also added to the BBC Match of the Day that it’s something he’s had in his mind for years.

“I thought I’d give it another go and it’s gone in and I’m happy. It’s been a while in the making – I’ve been trying for a couple of years. It’s got to be the best goal I’ve scored,” Carroll added.

Even his manager, Slaven Bilic, admitted that he gets “a little crazy” when Carroll tries those kind of efforts in training because he is worried about the injury-prone striker going down with another knock. Yet he admits that the Hammers striker has this kind of goal in his locker.

“Andy Carroll has got it but he was unlucky in training when he was trying it – he was hitting the post or whatever,” Bilic said.

There you have it. Practice does indeed make perfect.

Click play on the video above time and time again to see a thing of perfect beauty.

VIDEO: Andy Carroll scores sensational bicycle kick

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West Ham United’s Andy Carroll has scored a sublime goal which could well win Goal of the Season.

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Carroll, who has been plagued by injuries in recent years, sent an unstoppable bicycle kick past Wayne Hennessey and into the net at the London Stadium to put West Ham United 2-0 up against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Hit play on the video above to see the stunning strike.

My word.