Carroll set up Kevin Nolan for both of West Ham's two first-half goals at Upton Park, but he was then sent off in the 58th minute after catching Swansea centre-back Chico Flores with a flailing arm.

Allardyce was critical of Flores's reaction, which followed a tussle between the two players near the halfway line, and said that his side would look to have Carroll's dismissal overturned.

"We will appeal it, yes," Allardyce said. "We will hope that the appeal will work. Hopefully we don't lose Andy for three games.

"He's gutted. He's absolutely beside himself. We'll just have to go through the process and see what happens in mid-week."

He added: "If we're going to red-card people for that, then we might as well stop playing and I might as well retire. The game's all about physical contact -- there's two challenges gone in and there's nothing happened of any major incident. Nobody's been hurt."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup agreed that Carroll had been unfortunate to receive a red card.

"I think there's contact but, to be fair, from the bench I didn't think there was enough for a red card," said the Dane.