“The only way you can stop the speculation is if you win games or climb the table. After four defeats, of course I can expect even more speculation. But I wasn’t worried before, I am not worried now. I can’t affect it. I am doing my job, I am very motivated and very positive.”
Robert Snodgrass was booed by home fans as he made his return to the KCOM after a £10million January move.
But he missed a chance to silence the boo boys on 13 minutes when he headed straight at keeper Eldin Jakupovic despite claims he was offside.
His target man Carroll was more clinical. Tigers skipper Curtis Davies failed to deal with Aaron Cresswell’s left-wing cross and Carroll took it on his chest and steered the ball past Jakupovic.
At the other end, visiting keeper Darren Randolph was almost caught out on the edge of the box by Abel Hernandez and clattered the Uruguayan as he cleared.