Andy Carroll talked to the Evening Chronicle today, after scoring a goal in the Newcastle Reserves 1-1 draw with Hull City last night at St. James’ Park.
Andrew Carroll - scored goal last night but missed penalty
But Andy also missed a 55th minute penalty which he talked about today:
“I just need to keep going. I have missed penalties before and always continued to score goals.” “You cannot just give up if you miss a penalty.”
“Once I had hit it I thought ‘this is bottom corner all day,’ but the goalkeeper guessed the right way.” “That is what penalties are all about – you pick your direction and hit it, but if the goalkeeper guesses right that is the way it goes and you get on with it.”
“Overall, I am happy, although my fitness has not been as high as I would like.” “I have been doing extra work in training and that has made a difference.” “Now I am up there in terms of fitness – I have just played 90 minutes for the first time this season.”
“I kept on running strong until the end, so hopefully the manager will see something and give me the chance.”
Joe Kinnear has Oba Martins, Michael Owen and an in-form Shola Ameobi still ahead of him at Newcastle, and Joe may elect to send Andy out on loan in January to a Championship side, so he can get some first team games and experience.
We also have Mark Viduka, who hasn’t played since last May, due to a chronic Achilles injury.
Seems like Carroll wouldn’t mind going out on loan again this season as he added:
“Newcastle United come first. If I am needed here as cover for injuries then so be it – but I would love to go on loan.” “We are a bit short at the moment, so we will see what happens.”
“I will just keep going and try to get into the first team.” “If a loan comes along, though, it would be good for experience.”
It will be important for us to develop some of our young players away from the club, as they get experience in the Championship and other leagues.
Carroll got another headed goal last night, to even the score at 1-1 last night, in the Reserve side against Hull City, two minutes into the second half.
Andy talked about the game this morning:
“I thought we played well in the second half.” “I had a few chances, but I thought their goalkeeper played very well and pulled off some great saves.”
“I was happy with my goal and the way I played.”
As long as we have enough cover, and hopefully that man Mark Viduka back playing again very soon, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Andy go out on loan again. It can only be good for his football development.
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