Pardew sings Carroll's praises
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Pardew will field Roy Carroll against former club Manchester United.
West Ham manager Alan Pardew will have no hesitation in fielding Roy Carroll against former club Manchester United.
The goalkeeper has recently been laid low with a knee injury but Sunday's match gives Carroll the chance to exorcise a few personal demons.
High profile mistakes against Tottenham and Milan last season effectively put pay to the Northern Ireland international's United career.
Carroll has since made a free transfer move to the East End and Pardew knows Carroll will require no extra incentive to perform against his old employers.
"We have worked Roy hard - he is fine and it will mean a lot for him to play," said Pardew.
"I know he will be highly motivated for the game."
Pardew also revealed how eager he was to snap up Carroll, believing him to be one of the division's finest keepers.
"The statistics prove Roy has been one of the top keepers in the division this season," added Pardew.
"His saves to shots ratio is second to none but it was the same at United too.
"One of the reasons I got him was that he wanted to play - he did not want to be on the sidelines.
"I did not do it blindly. Make no mistake I was desperate for him."