With Joe Kinnear refusing to speak to the pres after the 2-2 draw with a good West Ham side on Saturday, it was left again to Assistant Manager Chris Hughton to talk about the game.
Andy Carroll – braids and all – after scoring Saturday
One of the positive things on Saturday was again the performance of Andy Carroll, the local lad, who has just turned 20, and had his hair styled with braids.
Yes that was the main news about young Carroll last week and by all reports he took a lot of lerg pulling from the lads last week in training.
And while we thought Andy would give all kinds of trouble to England defender Matthew Upson, Upson had a decent game, but Carroll still roughed him up a bit and easily beat him to the ball from Damien Duff, in the 78th minute, when Andy so easily headed past goalkeeper Green, a great first senior goal from the young Gateshead boy.
Did you notice how he didn’t exactly know what to do after he had scored – he seemed shocked – but it was a smashing header that’s for sure – and such a vital goal for Newcastle. 😀
Chris Hughton and Joe Kinnear were rightly delighted with a second good performance from the youngster, and Chris said after the game:
“I am delighted for the lad. He’s a very game lad and is somebody who wants to do well and has great desire.
“I’m also happy for our supporters because there is nothing better than for fans to see a local lad come through.”
Andy certainly seems to have the spirit, skills and physical prowess to be a success, and of course he’s been tipped for the top ever since he played in the two successive seasons the Newcastle Youth side reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
But Andy has also been notching goals for the Reserves regularly over the last couple of years and that’s what he needs to keep doing in the first team.
But if Andy can keep coming through at Newcastle this season, we’ll be able to unload both Viduka and Smith from our squad in the summer, and save the club a massive £120K/week in wages too, so that has to be a good deal.
This is Andy’s big chance at the club. and it looks like he’s determined to take it, but like with any youngster, patience will be a virtue in the way the club brings the youngster along.
Note: Have a look at Ed’s new report on the game on Saturday in his News Of The World column – and please leave some comments – thanks!