Carroll and Ranger Impressive In Newcastle Reserves Win


Andy Carroll and Nile Ranger both looked good in last night’s Newcastle Reserves 2-1 over Manchester City at St. James’ Park.

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Andy Carroll – two excellent goals last night

We half expect Alan Shearer to try to bring more Geordie pride into the side in an effort to save the first team from relegation.

And he would have been impressed last night with the forward play of youngsters 20 year-old Andy Carroll and 17 year old Nile Ranger, as a strong Reserves side beat Manchester City 2-1, in front of watching interim manager, Alan Shearer.

In fact a good crowd of 1,457 also included coaches Iain Dowie, Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood as well as players Habib Beye, Sebastien Bassong, Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and Fabricio Coloccini. That’s always good to see and excellent for team spirit at the club.

And it was Andy Carroll in particular, with a couple of goals, that had to greatly impress the watching Shearer.

England Under-20 International Andy Carroll scored twice with the first being a left-foot shot that rocketed high into the right corner of the net from 25 yards out, after only 15 minutes. It was a tremendous goal from young Andy.

And the Gateshead born striker linked up well with England Under-19 striker Nile Ranger to form an effective front-line partnership from two lads way over 6’ tall. That’s a big contrast to Michael Owen and Oba Martins currently playing at forward for the first team.

Alan Smith got through the full game but Danny Guthrie hurt his knee in a 39th-minute foul by former Newcastle midfielder Dietmar Hamann, who is returning from an Achilles injury. The Guthrie injury is not thought to be serious and Danny is expected to be OK for this Saturday.

Tin Krul was in Newcastle’s goal and he dived to his right to brilliantly punch away a goal-bound free-kick from Martin Petrov early in the game but the Dutch keeper had no chance in the 32nd minute when Vladimir Weiss put in a cross from the left wing that Benjani easily headed home.

Xisco missed a good opportunity from a chance created by right-back James Tavernier a minute before the break, but it was Andy Carroll who showed the Spaniard how it was done 17 minutes into the second period.

On 62 minutes Carroll glided into the box to stroke a right-foot shot low past goalkeeper Richard Martin to give the Magpies the lead and extend their unbeaten run to eight games and move them into second place behind Sunderland.

Carroll needs to be played in the first team in the run-in, maybe as a sub because his aerial ability and physical play is what the side needs, and we just don’t get it by playing Martins and Owen together.

If only our first team was anywhere near as good as the Reserves and Under-18 side, we’d be just fine.

Newcastle United Reserves: Krul, Tavernier, Lough, Smith, Morris, Edgar, Doninger (sub Godsmark 59), Guthrie (sub Vuckic 39), Ranger, Carroll, Xisco (sub Danquah 49). Subs (not used): Ferguson, J Taylor.

Manchester City Reserves:
Martin, Daly, Morris, Ramsey, Mee, Hamann (sub Kay 45), Weiss, Clayton, Ball, Benjani (sub Hartley 76), Petrov (sub Moore 45).

Ref: Geoff Eltringham (Sunderland). Att: 1,547.



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170 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 7, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    I think we now have to play a 4-3-3, we need someone who can hold the ball up and put it through for our two quick strikers (well Oba at least).

    I would go for:

    Harper

    S.Taylor Beye Bassong Enrique

    Guthrie/Nolan Butt Gutierrez

    Owen Carroll Oba

    Now you might all think thats ludicrous though the only way to win a match is to score a goal… And with Gutierrez and Guthrie’s work rate, I would hope it could work… And if worst comes to worst we could put R. Taylor in at RM, because we know he has the talent to put in good defensive displays and good deliveries… he just hasn’t been on the button recently…

    Thoughts?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 7, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Watch out for Vuckic – very fast going forward and gave the defence a wobble at one point.

    Good game. Smith did nowt like! Carroll scored and very good in the air and ranger – good in attack and passing and in the air – nearly won all areil challenges.

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  • richyg01

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Tom4NUFC – I posted almost the exact team on the Blog: “Enormous Task For Shearer To Now Save Newcastle”

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Never thought i would see Carrol and impressive used in the same sentence.

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  • richyg01

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    bennytoon // Apr 7, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Never thought i would see Carrol and impressive used in the same sentence.

    bennytoon – replace the word “Carrol” with the word “Spurs”

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  • Ross

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Good to see Carroll getting on the scoresheet like-could only have impressed Wor Al. Lets face it, he’s played and scored in the first team before, we need someone who can hold the ball up and he’ll be willing to fight for the cause, seems like he has the perfect attributes to get a couple of chances in the run in, even if its just 15/20 mins here or there. Wouldnt mind seeing him start though, even against the likes of Stoke. We need someone with a bit of strength behind them against that lot because lets be honest they play rugby with a round ball.
    Was bricking myself about Guthrie for a while when i heard he was injured, was foaming at the mouth at the thought of a bit of pace and creative forward passing returning to our midfield. haha.

    Tom4nufc-i agree with regards to 4-3-3, i’d give it a go in the home games. We saw towards the end of last season that it was very effective for us and we’d essentially just be sticking Carroll in there instead of Viduka?..

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Carrol has to play…!!!! HE MUST PLAY!!!!

    Oba & Owen just does not work at all….

    Why???????

    We have no creativity in the middle of the park! We havent got anyone who can slide the ball in behind the defence for our two small forwards to get in behind. This lack of creativity means we end up throwing hopeless long balls to oba & owen which makes them look poor! They had no chance on sat with long balls against terry and Alex!

    We must match stoke 4 4 2! It’s not rocket science! We have not got the players to play 4 3 3!

    Owen or oba must drop out our for big andy; not only for his ability to hold the ball up and flick it on; but also for his height in defending set plays!

    A passing tem like arsenal could afford two players upfront with no arial power such as arshavin/ Van persie! We are not good enough!!!

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  • GEORDIE69

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    TIM KRUL = Solid performance. 7
    JAMES TAVERNIER = Found Petrov a real handful but who wouldn’t. 6
    DARREN LOUGH = Joined attack when could but found Weiss a real problem. 6
    CALLUM MORRIS = Struggled with young Ball’s pace. 6
    DAVID EDGAR = Kept Benjani quiet. 8
    MARK DONINGER = Busy good game until replaced. 7
    DANNY GUTHRIE = Sprayed a few good passes but nothing special until injured. 7
    NILE RANGER = Pace could Citeh problems and won must things in the air but finishing was woeful for a change. 7
    ANDREW CARROLL = lack of pace is made up by his heart and will to win. Two good finishes from the big man. 8
    Xisco = Some neat touches put some woefull finishing and passing. 7

    SUBS USED
    JONATHAN GODSMARK = Tricky runs down the right flank. I was a bit worried incase the wind picked up and blew him out of St James. 6
    FRANK NGO BAHENG = Caused alot of havic with his pace. 7
    VUCKIC = Is this lad really only 16! Future world class super star in the making. 8

    CITEH

    DIETMAR HAMANN = Fatter and slower than Viduka says it all. Could still pick out a pass though. 6
    VLADIMIR WEISS = Class young player bit of a temper and ref used brain to allow him to stay on field after he pushed the Ref when booked for so called diving. Looks like the new Ronaldo though. 9 MOM
    BENJANI = Edgar deal’t with him well but scored. 7
    MARTIN PETROV = Would love the Toon to sign him as he is World class. 8

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  • broon ale

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    benny.. do you have a job or a life. Are you that fat crapper wjho tried to talk with me on facebook? you have the profile photo of you drinking from a pineapple or summit?
    you’re one sad sad man?
    when did your obessesion with newcastle start? was after the 1st time we beat you? or maybe the 2nd, possibly the 3rd… could have been the 4th? fifth? it was the 6th right?

    you have a unhealthy habit mate.

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  • GEORDIE69

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Oh Aye

    ALAN SMITH = Nowt flash sprayed ball about fine but offered very little else. Vuckic offered more than Smith and Guthrie. 7

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Did anyone see the reserve game last night?

    Xisco was completely dreadfull! Replaced after 49mins! People used to come on and slate me for ridiculing his signing and said he needed time! I said by giving untried foreigners time in the premiership we would get relegated!

    Collo, Xisco???? 16million????

    Jose is now playing alot better; i hold my hands up their! He still needs to work on his game but at least i see him putting in the effort now; an element of his game which was lacking eralier in the season!

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  • MoorsleyMag

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed can’t you change the picture of MA and Bennygoon oops sorry cockeye at the top of the page and stick big Al in there?

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    broonale- it was you who tried to befriend me on facebook after you saw me post on the ed harrison group. I soon nipped that little friendship in the bud didnt i. Yes that was me drinking from a pineapple whilst in the maldives. Have you ever been outside newcastle?

    It is you who spends all day and night on the site. I bet you hang yourself wehen the site goes. From looking at your facebook page it appears you have nothing going on in your dreary life.

    As for my obsession with newcastle. I think it started when you missed out on modric and i was then alerted to this blog. It cracks me up all this talk of messiahs and how you are a massive club. Wel;l this love affair will end in 6 weeks when you are relegated as i dont follow championship football. Good luck in div1 and chin up. Things can only get better, on the pitch and in your personal life.

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  • MoorsleyMag

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Oh well perhaps there is a plus to relegation !!!

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Collo, Xisco???? 16million????

    Haha. and people try to take the mick out of us signing internationals like pavlyuchenko and woodgate.haha

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #16

    the way owen and martins played saturday

    i wouldnt be against andy and nile starting

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #17

    moorsleymag- i bet people like sahota,ryantoon,sirjasontoon and ronaldeano wont return either.

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  • ToonRich

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Benny, out of interest, how old are you? and how long have you followed Spurs?

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  • MoorsleyMag

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #19

    perhaps not but i don’t seem to recall people “advising” them to go on their own club’s blogs.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Toonrich- This isnt a dating site. try
    http://www.lonelyladsspeeddating.com

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  • MoorsleyMag

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #21

    If anyone’s interested i’ve ruptured me cruciate last week and now on crutches so won’t be holding out for a call from big AL boohoo lol far too old too be playing now, think i’ll retire !!

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #22

    benny? you mentioned my name?

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  • broon ale

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #23

    i added you because i thought you might be a half decent fella despite your wind up merchant tendecies. I removed you from my friends as i seen you were quite the fat head.. fat and bald! man boobs too! i didnt want to associate with people who have moobs.

    i think we got lucky missing out on modric. he is dog poo.

    looking forward to beating you for a 7th time in a row.

    get a job fat boy

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  • broon ale

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #24

    by the way moobs man.. i never come on this site at night. ever. i do while i am at work..
    yo wont know much about work though.. you’re to busy working on your cleavage..

    it must be a nightmare have man boobs.. unlucky baldy!!

    6 in a row..

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  • ToonRich

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #25

    Cheers for that link Benny, funny how you had that saved in your favourites!! I’ll be sure to pass it on to your dad…

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #26

    benny. why do you embaress yourself on here??

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  • broon ale

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #27

    moobs! can you remember when you had hair? ha ha

    what bra size are you.. ha ha

    benny get your moobs out for tha lads!!

    what you gonna do moobs? start crying! ??

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #28

    broonale-haha. Why would you try to add me? I dont know you. I have enough trouble keeping up with the friends i do have without adding people like you who are just trying to get there numbers up.

    So you think you are lucky missing out on modric? Rubbish isnt he. I dont know why inter or juventus would want him. Fergie said to redknapp after the cup final that modric was a great player, but what does fergie know?
    Hopefully harry will swap modric for guthrie or nolan in the summer and give you 10 mill aswell.

    I look forward to hammering another nail in your relegation coffin.

    Oh, and i shave my head you idiot.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #29

    broonale- there called pecs. I bet you had a tommy tank over them.

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  • MoorsleyMag

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #30

    broonale think you’ve hit a sore point there…or two lol

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #31

    blackburn 2-1 tottenham

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  • ronaldeano

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Yes i will return Benny you little bellend

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  • broon ale

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #33

    ha ha moobs man.. touch a nerve did i?

    it think the more likely outcome will be our 7th victory in a row.

    do you shave your head so you can try and convince people you’re a hard case instead of balding fatty with moobs?

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #34

    benny. well be down for our annual three points soon 😉

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  • broon ale

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #35

    moobs man.. pecs.. ? you having a laugh?. you need a trainer bra buddy!

    get yaself to the gym mate.

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #36

    lads, benny doesnt even know where white hart lane is, ive been to newcastle more times than his ever been to tottenham and im like 28omiles from stjames

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  • ronaldeano

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #37

    Benny,

    Apart from your head, do you also shave your pubes to make your little pecker look bigger?

    Your lass told me you were very inadequate in that department 😉

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #38

    broonale

    where is this picture of benny???

    id like to see who this rat is

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #39

    ryantoon- you said saturday was your first home game this season. As i have said you are a plastic fan. Even i have been there twice this season.

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  • broon ale

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #40

    whats up baldy?.. touch a nerve??

    moobs moobs moobs!!

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