West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has slammed the decision of Andy Carroll to lead with his arm when going up for a header at Turf Moor after the striker was brandished two quickfire yellow cards for identical fouls, according to the Mirror.
Carroll was on the pitch to see his English teammate Michail Antonio put the visitors in front, however, the former Newcastle striker was dismissed less than 30 minutes into the game and West Ham were forced to play the majority of the match with just 10 men, something that proved vital when Chris Wood scored his third Premier League goal in the dying embers of the match.
"For a player of Andy’s experience... basically, you can’t do that," Bilic said about his star striker, the 28-year-old looking set to receive a £180,000 fine from his club. "It was a big blow for us. I’m very disappointed and angry as well.
"I’m very disappointed, but not with the referee’s decision. The first one can happen, but the second one, you can’t do that a couple of minutes later, especially when you play away you are asking for trouble.
"You don’t go for that ball normally because it’s out of reach, but he went to win that ball. It was just an unbelievably bad decision and bad challenge to even go there."
West Ham will be forced to buck up their ideas if they want to claim all three points when Brighton visit the London Stadium on October 20, with a trip to Wembley to face Spurs scheduled just five days later.