Carroll's importance to the East London club has been highlighted by their fight to have his recent red card for a clash with Swansea's Chico Flores overturned.

West Ham were unsuccessful in an appeal and then took their case to an independent tribunal as they battled to get the England forward back on the pitch.

The former Newcastle man's three game ban stands and they didn't miss him in their 2-0 win over Aston Villa last time out.

And Allardyce wants his stand-in strikers to keep performing well enough that the big striker can't get back in the team.

Allardyce said: “Carlton Cole and Marco Borriello played a dual role in Saturday’s superb 2-0 win at Aston Villa.