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Noble backs Carroll amid diving claims

22 October 2012 08:29

Mark Noble has leapt to the defence of team-mate Andy Carroll after the West Ham striker was accused of diving.

Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana accused the on-loan Liverpool man of going down too easily after West Ham's 4-1 rout of his side on Saturday.

However, Noble argues that were Carroll, who drew a league-high five fouls during the game, to stay on his feet then referees would be unwilling to give the striker a decision.

"Andy's a big man and if he doesn't go down he won't win any free-kicks because the refs think that he's too big to get a free kick," Noble told reports.

"When you've got somebody as big as Andy in the box he's going to cause havoc. Centre-halves will be so desperate to win the ball that they'll do anything.

"He got an elbow in the first half which went unpunished," continued Noble. "But he can put up with it."

Noble was one of the main beneficiaries of Carroll's success at winning free kicks, scoring from a set piece before making the points safe by tucking home a penalty after the striker was hauled down by Jose Fonte.

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