Carroll And Edgar In Reckoning For Liverpool Game

Joe Kinnear will have a few decisions to make for the game at St. James’ Park tomorrow against the mighty Liverpool, which has an unusual 12 noon KO time.


Andy Carroll – will be given chance tomorrow

Joe Kinnear spoke to the Evening Chronicle today and started by discussing 19 year old 6’3″ Andrew Carroll:

“I think Andy has a chance.” “We have Mark Viduka out with a groin injury and Shola and Oba out.”

“So there is every chance Andy will get a run in the team.”

Andrew looked menacing for Newcastle after he came on in the second half, and he was a handful for the Wigan defense.

And of course he got us the penalty in the 88th minute when Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland punched him in the head, and 21 year-old Danny Guthrie put the penalty away with consummate ease – what player young Danny could become for us in a  year or two.

Carroll has been a standout for the Reserves this season too, and scored a hat trick last time out, and Joe Kinnear was impressed by Carroll’s contribution yesterday.

“To be fair to Andy, he was a handful when he came on.” “I took Michael off just to give him a break.”

“We want to get the best out of him with two games in less than 48 hours, so it was to save him for Liverpool.”

There was a little bit of a mystery yesterday in the way 33 year-old Viduka was substituted, as the Aussie seemed to walk off without being called off.

Joe continued:

“He pulled out of a challenge because of the injury.” “Just prior to that he had stretched going into another challenge.”

“It’s a groin muscle and one which I had to take him off immediately. He came walking towards us when he knew I was going to bring him off.”

And Joe also has 21 year old David Edgar to draw on, and when David’s played for the side, he’s hardly let the side down, and seems to be a fighter, just like his manager.

Speaking about David Edgar, Kinnear said:

“It might be a chance for David Edgar as well.”

“We would move Taylor into the middle then look at the right-back situation.”

“We are down to the bare bones.”

Of course Joe could and probably will play Geremi at right back, since he’s played there before a few times for Chelsea, and his experience could win him the place over young Edgar.

But it’s a good opportunity to see what Carroll and Edgar are made of, and especially for young Edgar, who we think  may be on his way out of Newcastle this summer.

Newcastle will need some heroes tomorrow, if we are going to get anything out of the game at all, and we expect we will get some, but exactly who they’ll be, we have no idea.

Howay The Lads!!

18 comments so far

  • Magpie forever

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #1

    do people not realise carroll is not worth the shit he is our worst striker by far he is too big and awkward even xisco is better that him

  • dougnufc

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    hopefully edgar can pull off another world beating goal

  • Magpie forever

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #3

    watever joe does do not put on cacapa from the start he riddles us wit errors that ar very costly

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #4

    magpie forever

    carroll l0oked good yesterday

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Lets go for the best team with some young players in aswell. young players always plays well against a top team. reason= they’re fighters and will want to prove a point





  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #6

    leave Geremi and Duff on the bench for cover down the left and right with LuaLua cover down the middle

  • Legs

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #7

    I agree with Turkish mag like, we need to get these young guys in regardless of a depleted first team. I bet Tozer would do an equal job if not better than Charles in LB. Freeing Charles for LM.

    Shame our managers always seem to be chicken shits when it comes to youth.

  • fip

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #8

    we are in the shit lol he wont play youngsters from teh start.
    well we need a rb in teh window now seems beye is out form 6 weeks or more 🙁

  • ToonRich

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Magpie forever, I have to disagree with you on Andy Carroll… Yes, i know he’s not fulfilled his potential with us, but we’ve given so chances to other players, so I think andy should get another too. He’s been playing well in the reserves recently, and I beleive from what I saw yesterday that he’s starting to knuckle down again. He was the only player looking for the ball yesterday, he just might be able to strike an understanding with MO 🙂

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Carroll did do very well yesterday and in all honesty deserves his chance.

    I have said many time in the past that Carroll should be sold in Jan’. Well this changes matters and the time is now for young Andy.

    He can win a new contract or he will moved on in the summer, that much is still uncertain. What we all know is Carroll will get his chance.

    Cometh the moment, cometh the man!

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ve given Carroll endless stick since i last saw him play but he did well yesterday. put himself about and caused wigan a problem. he should have won us two penalties and essentially got us a draw.

  • LJ

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Magpie forever –

    Wow, casue u have seen both ov the in first team action so much you can make that strong a statement.,

    They havent had a chance either ov them.

    5 mins at end ov a match is nothing he had more time yesterday and he should have had two pens

  • keith

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #13

    how old is andy carrol? 19 or so? give the kid a break its not like he has played 50 games for us or anything near that, give him time and he will do alright

  • UTD111

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Agree totally with Keith. You don’t “fulfill your potential” by age 19!! He’s just a bairn and still learning. Give the lad time and he’ll make it.

  • Darling27

    Dec 27, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Edgar and Tozer must start tomorrow or even Kadar.

    We must start using our reserve team players and stop putting square pegs in round holes.

    My team for tomorrow would be:


    Would also like to see Lua Lua and Xisco get a run out at some point in the second half tomorrow too.

    Come On The Toon!!!

  • Darling27

    Dec 27, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #16

    If Nzogbia is moved into the left back position i’ll stick my foot through the tv.


    Dec 27, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Lee Cattermole is nasty,this is a tackle he made while a Boro player.
    He had just come on as Sub seconds before and got a Red card

  • Habib beye

    Dec 27, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #18

    nial ranger anyone ?


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