Andy Carroll, as is becoming usual these days, gave Manchester City’s central defensive pairing of Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards, all they could handle last night as he led the line in great physical style.
Andy Carroll – powerfully led the line last night
And Andy scored his second goal in 4 games, as it was a pure Academy goal as right back David Edgar did so well to rob a City player on the edge of the box, after a sweeping cross-field ball had been played in by Coloccini.
David looked up and squared it first time to an unmarked Carroll, who put it in the back of the net from a couple of yards out. A terrible goal for City to concede, as they looked so sloppy in defense.
We think Carroll must be attracting some attention with his powerful displays up front because the lad cannot be easy to mark, he’s so big at 6’4″ and very physical in his play, and of course strong in the air.
And the 20-year-old gave his more experienced opponents all they could handle with another powerful and brave display for his home town club.
Andy said today:
“It was difficult when Michael went off and it was big blow so early on,”
“It was hard battle against their defenders but I thought I did OK and enjoyed the challenge – that’s all part of becoming a better player.”
“It helped though having Jonas Gutierrez and Damien Duff supporting me after Michael went off.”
Carroll’s goal was ultimately too late to make any difference, even though after he scored he took the ball out of the net and took it back to the half way line to save time.
And then Richards’ fouled Steven Taylor, but the rookie referee did not make the call.
“We could all see it was a penalty,”“But that wasn’t given and then they got a second. I thought we did OK in the second-half and I’ve scored another late goal which gave us hope of a comeback.”
“It gave everyone a lift and we had a couple of half chances to get an equaliser but it wasn’t to be.”
“I have to thank Eddie for my goal though, he did really well to take the ball off Wayne Bridge and it was harder for me to miss really when he put it across goal.”
Of course Man City also had two decent appeals for a penalty turned down, and the truth is we didn’t deserve much out of last night’s performance, painful as it is to say that.
Now we will need to rely on some of our younger players to come in and do a good job against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon, and we know if we go down on Sunday, it will not be for the want of trying.
We’re just not good enough.