Andy Carroll got his first goal for Preston North End last night when Preston drew at home to Leicester 1-1.
Andy, back in the side again after not even being on the bench in Preston’s 1-0 defeat at Barnsley on Saturday, scored after 14 minutes, with a nice header into the top corner following a free-kick.
Andrew Carroll – 18 year-old finding things tough at Preston North End
Unfortunately for Preston, Campbell equalized in the second half to leave Preston on 15 points from their first 15 games, and just 2 points above the drop zone, in 20th place.
The young and impressive 18 year-old, all 6â€™ 3â€of him, went to Deepdale on a six-month loan in August, and finally headed Kevin Nicholls’ in-swinging free-kick into the top corner in the 14th minute. Andrew had a very good pre-season at Newcastle and really looked the part at times, with his good hold-up play. He scored a beautiful goal against Buffon of Juventus, one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and the Italian World Cup winningÂ goalkeeper thought Andrew had the makings of a future star.
The 18-year-old was due a slice of good fortune after hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons so far this season. Carroll was sent home from the England Under-19s squad last month, when he and two other players broke a curfew. And Andrew was summoned back to Tyneside after that episode, where Big Sam let Andrew know in no uncertain terms, that he better shape up – quickly. Andy has also surprisingly struggled at the Deepdale club this season, and has been out of the team for a while.
Last night Andrew was booked for a reckless challenge in the 11th minute, but kept his head three minutes later to nod home the free-kick from eight yards.Â Preston boss Paul Simpson said after the game:
“I decided to recall him and I just felt he would give us something different.â€
“He’s had a difficult time, and I’ve been hammering him every single day in training.â€
“I’ve got him to take a hard look at himself because he’s made a few mistakes.”
Weâ€™re not sure what Big Sam will do when Andrewâ€™s 6 months are up in January. But we wouldn’t be surprised if Sam elects to keep him out on loan for the rest of the season, either at Preston or some other Championship team. Andy needs games, although he doesnâ€™t seem to be getting enough of them at Deepdale. But that may change soon, with Andrew last night playing the full 90 minutes.
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