It took a Geordie youngster to save Newcastle’s blushes today at the Britannia Stadium, as a brilliant header from 20 year-old Andy Carroll was enough to give the lads a vital 1-1 draw, and saved Newcastle from what was looking like another defeat.
The first half hadn’t looked too good for Newcastle, and they were probably second best to a decent Stoke City side.
But Stoke had carried out their expected aerial bombardment and despite a few dodgy moments in defense, Newcastle held out quite well with Beye and Bassong outstanding in the middle of their defense.
But it was Abdoulaye Faye, who left Newcastle only last summer for Stoke, who seemed to be unmarked direct from a corner kick that got Stoke’s valuable first goal, as he headed powerfully beyond Steve Harper in the Newcastle goal. But where was the marking?
It was looking bleak for Newcastle as they were still that one goal down with just 9 minutes of the game to play, when young Anmdy Carroll scored with a looping header, that was powerfully headed into the goal by the Gateshead-born striker, and after he scored Andy went wild.
The goal came from a Ryan Taylor long throw that was only half cleared by Stoke, and it was Damien Duff who put in a nice cross and Andy rose above the Stoke defense, to easily beat Stoke goalkeeper Sorensen, who of course used to play at Sunderland. It was both the placement and power of the header that beat Sorensen and it was a great goal by Andy – his 3rd goal of the season.
We were hoping for a winner in the last 8 minutes but it was not to be, but the lads fought back this afternoon to get something out of the game, to their immense credit.
And this could be really valuable goal for the Magpies, because make no mistake a defeat today would have been really hard to come back from, but it was the 6’4″ England Under-20 International who did it for the lads.
Even though we really needed the win this was a decent result with Newcastle gaining a point on Sunderland, Blackburn, Hull and Bolton Wanderers. Newcastle are now just 2 points behind the Wearsiders, with our next game at White Hart Lane a week tomorrow.
But that will be after another week of training under Shearer, and we will have to hope we can get something out of that game, as today the defense looked a lot better than last week.
Things are not lost yet, and we have to hope that this will be the start of something much better for the Magpies, but Andy will be the toast of the Town tonight, and he deserves to be, and don’t be surprised is Alan starts this boy next Sunday at Tottenham.