West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has defended Andy Carroll over claims he goes to ground too easily.
Noble responded to claims from Southamptonâ€™s Adam Lallana that Carroll won a succession of â€˜softâ€™ free-kicks at Upton Park, two of which led to goals in the hostsâ€™ 4-1 victory.
He insisted: "Andyâ€™s a big man and if he doesnâ€™t go down he wonâ€™t win any free-kicks because the refs think thatâ€™s heâ€™s too big to get a free-kick.
"When youâ€™ve got somebody as big as Andy in the box heâ€™s going to cause havoc. Centre-halves will be so desperate to win the ball that theyâ€™ll do anything.
"He got an elbow in the first half which went unpunished. But he can put up with it."