Sam Allardyce had been reluctant to start Carroll after such a long lay-off, but the on-loan Liverpool striker had no qualms about playing the whole 90 minutes.
"I've had eight weeks off and I've been working hard in the gym so my fitness is still high," he said.
"All the physios and backroom staff have been helping a lot to keep me fit in the gym when I couldn't run. Obviously it showed with getting 90 minutes. "It felt good. We got three points and I got the goal, so it was great."