why did he take carroll off?

i was baffled by this to be honest. carroll had a great game again, he looked a threat hanging around the edge of the box always waiting for the cross to the far post. why did bilic decide to take him off at 55 mins? i know it was 3-1 but when you consider who we have on the bench..the likes of calleri etc what would have happened if soton had pulled in back to 3-3? who was he then going to bring on to try and get the 3 points back? i know its hindsight but i for one was astonished to see carroll go off so early and the 'shut up shop' started. i like the antonio carroll combo although i thought antonio wasn't very effective today at all. whats your view?

moore2come's picture

Carroll has always been one tackle or sprint away from injury. Made sense to me, Bilic was confident we could see the game out, so no need to run the risk.

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Dicks is the man's picture

yes but after just 55 mins?

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moore2come's picture

We had a two goal cushion, was defending well, playing ok, what was the point in leaving him out there? This way we at least get another game out of him (fingers crossed)

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Dicks is the man's picture

how many good,chances did they have when carroll went off? that would be the point keeping ur main scoring threat on.

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I quite expect bilic to protect Carroll a lot more, cautiously just to get him involved in more games.

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moore2come's picture

Most of their chances were restricted to outside the box, other than the one Gabbiadini put over the bar from 12yrds. Anyway seems he's been feeling his groin for the last couple of games so seems to be some good mgmt in not leaving him out there.

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Apparently he felt a slight tweak in his groin so was taken off as a precautionary and is fit for next game. Usually he plays on through these which is what makes him injured so much, Although groin injuries are the worst as so hard to tell when there healed.

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burkie's picture

Dont get me wrong ,hes a great asset to us but i dont rate Ant as highly as some ,his strength is his pace on the ball but a lot of the time when he gets involved in the fast short passing game he looks awkward +he runs out of steam a bit quick.
Does anyone else think Nobs has seen better days ?,he looks totally bolloxed after20 minutes

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harrythehammers's picture

Agree about antonio. Carroll on the other hand if stays fit is outstanding. Work rate cannot be faulted. 20 goals in previous 33 games he has played in. Quality. Just got to hope he stays fit.

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Bondsy's picture

A tough game coming up against a very physical WBA next week so just precautionary albeit after 55 minutes. We are going to need Carroll especially defending from corners and WBA free kicks as well as his physical presence up front.
I think Bilic basically took him off and has put him in his cotton wool box saving him for next week.

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mcbikeman's picture

game was won lol hang on this is west ham..... but yes why take a risk few days rest and go again against wba a team we owe after our abject performance against them earlier in the season.

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Yes that's my take on it bondsy, also the fact he played a couple of days ago and may even have been ill as he was taken in a lot of fluids. I certainly don't feel he was injured.

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darrenharry's picture

H&S gone mad if you ask me.

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harrythehammers's picture

Carroll may not start against WBA. Billic says waiting to see how is is on Friday. Hope he is fit myself as who are we going to replace hime with ?

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Dicks is the man's picture

know what that means….back to the one up front…antonio on his own. no no no no no slaven…no.

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