Andy Carroll Could Be The Ticket For Shearer


Andy Carroll had a good game last night in front of the watching eyes of Newcastle Idol and new interim manager, the great Alan Shearer, as Newcastle Reserves beat Manchester City 2-1.

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Andy Carroll – fires Newcastle’s first goal as Didier Hamann looks on

The 20-year-old striker fired in two goals last night, and the first one after 16 minutes was a tremendous 25 yard strike, with his left foot, that went hurtling high into the net.

But Big Andy – all 6’4″ of him – struck again on 63 minutes to get his 8th goal for the Reserves, to go with two he has for the first team – so far this season.

Carroll is just delighted to be working with one his idols in Alan Shearer, and he told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“Hopefully, I’ll get a chance between now and the end of the season.” “All I’ve got to do is keep working hard on my fitness.”

“I’ve had a couple of injury problems in the past few weeks, and it’s good to be back.”

And earlier today Andy had talked to Newcastle TV about the Reserve game last night and had said:

“It was great to get 90 minutes under my belt and to score two goals was fantastic.” “It’s good for confidence because I’ve had a couple of injury problems recently.”

“It was nice as well that the gaffer was in the crowd and I hope he was impressed.” “That’s all I can do now, just keep working hard in training, build my fitness and hope for a first-team chance.”

Newcastle need some goals quickly, having scored just 3 goals in the last 6 games, in which we have collected just 2 points, no wonder we’re in a lot of trouble.

And things must change and change quickly if we are to survive in the Premier league this season, and this has to happen on Saturday at the Potters.

If Martins and Owen cannot produce the goods, we’re sure Andy will be able to get some goals, so look for Andy to get some playing time this Saturday in our game with Stoke City, which to us is a must-win game, come hell or high water.

It’s getting to be now or never for the lads on Saturday, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.



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53 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Not good enough imo

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  • Toonkistan

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #2

    It hurts me to say that we probabli have to drop martins …or play owen in the hole with a three man narrow midfield in case of 4-3-3

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Toon_Factor // Apr 7, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Not good enough imo

    Beggers can’t be choosers I’m afraid.

    He’s better than Ameobi.

    I would go as far to say that he would give the team more than Martins at the minute also. He can hold the ball up and that will give our defence a rest.

    He would be a good foil for Owen IMO.

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  • Doocey

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Martins won’t be dropped and more than likely there will only be 2 changes to the side that played v Chelsea.
    Colo out. Taylor and Bassong in with Beye at RB.
    Guthrie in for Nolan/Butt.

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  • dougnufc

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Martins’s finishing has been woeful lately. Unless he improves his finishing, he will have to be dropped.

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  • Doocey

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    I would have Martins down on teh team sheet before anyone else. Just the way I am 😛

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  • Ile

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Has anyone noticed that Carroll wins lot of headers. I dont know if it’s good to have both Owen and Martins on the field because they have troubles to win Harper’s goalkicks and we dont get much counter attacks.

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  • Doocey

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d play Martins and Carroll upfront with Owen playing just behind in the pocket. I can’t seem Shearer doing this though, in such an important game.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Doocey

    What has Martins done this season for your unswerving support of him?

    He doesn’t give enough to the team at the minute.

    Were in a battle and we need battlers. Carroll is defo one of them! He’s scored whenever he’s played too.

    We play with two wingers crossing the ball in but have two midgets up front. Carroll would had that ariel threat we miss

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Please play carrol against spurs. Poor excuse for a footballer. division 1 standard at best. Should do well next season at his level.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Stuart79 – agreed with the ariel threat.

    We need a little and large combination.

    Anyone hear any news on Lovenjrandz?

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #12

    bennytoon

    Your fat and bald lol

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #13

    10 bennytoon // Apr 7, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Please play carrol against spurs. Poor excuse for a footballer. division 1 standard at best. Should do well next season at his level.

    You managed to find your way out of that arse hole you’ve been in then!

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  • Doocey

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Well agreed, Martins hasn’t been at his best all season but his service has been dreadful.
    Oba has the ability to make something out of nothing for Newcastle. He has a mighty leap too and his pace is pretty good 😉

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Doocey

    I agree he can make something out of nothing but this season he hasn’t made anything out of anything.

    We need something else. It’s like Collocini we can’t keep playing him. His mistakes are costing us and Martins misses and poor play are costing us too!

    It’s been 31 games now so I reckon we can confidently say changes are needed!

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  • Micky Toon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #16

    What is it with everyone on here and their obsession with a big target man up front? How many of the top teams play this way? None. Even when Drogba is fit, Chelsea don’t play the “knock it down for a forward” tactic. It’s an outdated method of play that sees us lacking in vision compared to other teams. The problem with a lot of fans is that they still want to have Shearer up front doing what he did best. Those days are gone, just like having a big center half that clobbers people and can’t keep the ball. Look at the best defenders in the PL – Rio Ferdninand and John Terry. They are as accomplished on the ball as a good midfielder is.
    Flying wingers putting in high crosses is old school and it’s not the way we should be wanting to play. I realise that we are probably being dictated by injuries to how we currently play, be we shouldn’t be aspiring to it.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #17

    stuart79- yes, your mother said dont be late home.

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  • Doocey

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Oba’s service has been terrible!

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Micky Toon // Apr 7, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Playing two midgets up front hasn’t exactly been a roaring success has it?

    Me personally am advocating a big man upfront because the other option just isn’t working! It was we’d not be third bottom!

    The defence is coming under too much pressure all the time as there is nobody up front who can hold the ball up and give them a break now and again.

    Hence the reason for a big man who is strong!

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #20

    bennytoon // Apr 7, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    stuart79- yes, your mother said dont be late home.

    You Derek Acorah like? She’s been dead 10 years!

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  • Bill F

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #21

    I watched all of the game against Chelsea, albeit on Vision replay in the early hours of Sunday morning, and it was obvious to me that two short (ish) strikers were hopeless for the type of game we played. If we are going to try these tactics then play two big strong players up front ie Carroll and Taylor or even (heaven forbid) Shola. Oba was actually winning some stuff in the air but once Terry realised that the ref was going to let him get away with it he just kept barging him off the ball. A smarter striker would have gone down once or twice to show he was being fouled, need I say more there. As many on this blog keep saying we just do not have the guile in midfield to really benefit an Owen / Oba strike force so we need strength and height up front at the moment rather the nippy ball on the ground type of players.

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  • Doocey

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Bennytoon, waste your time elsewhere. Either trying to peel of Bentley’s name on the back of your Spurs shirt or do something constructive!
    Please

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  • stevep

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #23

    ***********Harper**********

    S.Taylor***Beye***Bassong***Enrique

    ****Guthrie****Butt****Guiterez

    ****Owen*****Carroll*****Martins

    We need to win games and attack is our only chance to do this, Owen could drop between midfield and forward when defending to help out

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  • cicero

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Against Stoke at the Britannia stadium (the narrowest in the premiership) I would play 4-3-1-2 with a back 4 of S.Taylor, Beye, Bassong and Enrique. A 3 man midfield of Guthrie, Butt and Guttierez all 3 will work their socks of in a narrow middle without congesting it. Michael Owen would play in the hole linking up play between midfield and an attack of Oba and Andy Carol. This would see us playing balls through the Stoke back 4 rather than down the wings for them to easily pick out. If their defence plays high Oba can use his pace to get beyond them and if they play deep Carol can hold the ball up to bring in MO.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #25

    stuart79- She says she is embarressed how you turned out and wishes you would do something constuctive with your life. My guide sam spoke to her.

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  • Toonkistan

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #26

    SteveP….seems to be a gr8 lineup but i’d dare to put duff instead of Jonas…as duff seems to cross the ball, play a thru ball at times and can score 😀

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #27

    bennytoon

    Usted está grasa y calvo.

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  • Bill F

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Or even have Duff on insted of Owen, Owen seemed to spend more time in a midfield against Chelsea so why not have a genuine midfield attcking player.

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  • Bill F

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Talk about bad grammar, my last comment looked like I was texting. 🙂

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  • cicero

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Because Duff wont get as many goals as MO

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Toon factor-Su mamá es una puta y tu padre desempleados

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #32

    toonfactor-Tu no es la única que puede hablar español.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #33

    toonfactor-Obtener una vida que tonto muchacho.

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  • TORONTOON

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #34

    the reason why we need a big man uptop is simply because we have no creative midfielder. our tatic has been the long ball to the top and hope viduka or ameobi can win it. if we had someone who can pass the ball to our strikers, owen and martins can score (see rooney/tevez). there is absolutley no link btwn the midfield and the strikers; hence the long balls. barton and martins linked up great when they played together because barton actually has a good pass in him.

    we’d probably be pushing europe if fatsam was still here…but oh well, it’s ashleys virgin club…i remember my first computer and car how i f’ed them up.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Pushing for europe???Hold your horses.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #36

    bennytoon

    Ok I called you fat and bald because it is true, my mam is not a whore and my dad isnt unemployed. You have told me before that you cant speak spanish so you have used a translator or something to write those messages and also you say I need to get a life, well thats more than what i can say for you.

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  • TORONTOON

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #37

    i have two things to say to you bennytoon;

    bol-ton

    and

    find your own forum, see you next tuesday

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Toonfactor- If you thought i couldnt speak spanish , why talk to me in it. What an idiot you are. Yes i am fat , bald and have man boobs down to my knees. hohoho… how hilarious.

    por favor no me hable usted de nuevo insignificante parásito.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #39

    torontoon- I think you meant to say black-burn.
    But as you are a foreigner i expect nothing less.

    I have one word for you
    rele-gation.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #40

    bennytoon

    Ok I wont, never go on this site again and we will both be happy

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