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Published: 09:14 | 13/4/16

Bilic heaps praise on Carroll

Hammers boss says similarity to Scholes

Slaven Bilic has heaped praise on Andy Carroll ahead of West Ham's FA Cup quarter-final replay with Manchester United - even likening parts of his game to Paul Scholes.

The big forward was in explosive form at the weekend, firing a hat-trick to secure a 3-3 draw with Arsenal at Upton Park.

With a place in the last four of the competition at stake in Wednesday evening's fixture, Bilic believes Carroll is desperate to get back out on the pitch and feels his team are mentally ready for the challenge of beating Utd.

“I know that he is motivated. Especially after Saturday – he can’t wait to go back out there," he said.

“OK, he scored a hat-trick and all that, but it was not just that he was in or around the box waiting for crosses.

“Take his third goal: He took a ball as a left winger, kept the ball – kept it that we could go out a little bit, because we defended – then switched sides with a diagonal ball, like Paul Scholes used to. Then he was in the box.

“So it was not only the goals.

“We’re going to try to make this game like a normal game, but the players know it’s a special game we are in, psychologically and physically.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a chip on the shoulder for us. I think it will be a boost and it’s going to put us in a position where we’re going to be even more motivated in a positive way.

“Not over-motivated, in that you shrink a little bit and all that, or lose composure or shape or anything — we’re experienced enough in that.”

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