FT: Stoke 1 Newcastle 1 – Carroll The Local Hero


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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.

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60 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #1

    carroll thanks for making me happy!

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  • cashley_out

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #2

    cmon carrol hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • cashley_out

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #3

    andy andy andy

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  • Zero Cool

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Overjoyed for the result, but slightly upset at Wor Shearer. Ameobi never should’ve started. Jonas MOTM, turned the game on its head.

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  • ELFER

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #5

    The more I think about it, the more I’m happy! We started to fight in the end! This could grow our confidence again!

    If only barton could be back and of course martins for the trip to the white hart lane…I have a feeling that these 2 could really make the difference!

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #6

    im delighted we got a point but it goes to show how far weve fell when we celebrate a draw at stoke

    also the ref was kaka

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed – well put about another week under Shearer. You could see the difference again from Chelski.

    Tacticswise – I think he used Shola as a tall target man. Again he looked 3 steps behind the pace.

    However Carroll – he has earned a start next week.

    Formation – not sure if it woudl work against higher prem teams and they nearly fcuked we on the break. Lucky stoke cant shoot shot shlite!

    Keep the faith boys.

    I done a bottle of wine in during that first half!

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  • ELFER

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #8

    White hart lane always was a good ground for us, wasn’t it? Cmon do it and get us outta there!

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  • ben-nufc

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #9

    just got back it was a scrappy game and we only got going wen jonas and big andy came on bassong was good and i also thought habib was good

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Im not gonna say owt about next week as Im not sure how we will do.

    Expect that tw*t known as bennytoon aka moobs to wind we up all week.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Ben-nufc – Beye looked on fire today.

    Dont all jump on shearer. Questionable tactic with Ameobi and formation. It was never gonna be easy tbh.

    Maybe this point was enough as an away point – Pompey home is a must 3 pointer.

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #12

    i think wed ALL take a point at spurs next week

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #13
  • tysontoon

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #14

    No need for doom and gloom, we got a point where alot of teams don’t get points… plus we were lucky to not give up more goals.

    If it wasn’t for Shola, we would have won. The real test will be the team selection in the coming weeks. In my opinion, Shola and Nolan MUST be dropped for Carroll and Barton.

    And anyone criticizing Owen is ridiculous. He is literally our only player with a brain out there, and some of you want him off the pitch. Yes, he has lost a step or two, and is no longer a top 4 talent. However, he knows what he is doing out on the pitch. His positioning and understanding of flowing football always has the defense on their heels.

    We still have a good shot at passing Sunderland, they have a very tough remaining schedule. Here’s the lineup that I think could keep us up:

    Harper
    S. Taylor – Beye – Bassong – Enrique
    Jonas – Guthrie – Barton – Duff
    Owen – Carroll

    Martins in if we need a spark of offense
    Butt in if we need defense, Duff out, guthrie out wide.
    Edgar or Colo in if a defender is having a shocker

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #15

    OMFG toon factoe

    who marked them???

    shearer or dowie lol

    mis print gotta be

    all the marks are high. when we were woeful

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #16

    You are having a laugh on those scores like!!!

    I was watching on internet feed too!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Oooh look internet is underlined. Wow.

    Night lads. May our hangovers be full of easter delight.

    I said I would go to church if we win – we didnt – I aint going.

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Toon factor thats hilarious. The little descriptions beside the marks say that Taylor produced dangerous set pieces and Ameobi was solid… give me a break! Mind you Duff was ok today and at least he put in a great cross for Carroll’s goal.

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  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Jonas and Carroll have to start in our next match, surely. Play a normal 4-4-2, hopefully like so:

    Harper
    Beye S. Taylor Bassong Enrique
    Jonas Guthrie Barton/Butt Duff
    Owen Carroll

    Owen could be swapped with Martins if he’s back, depending on who you’d prefer. Also could interchange Nolan with one of those in the middle, though I think I’d probably prefer Guthrie.

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  • Ben

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Harper

    Taylor – Beye – Bassong – Enrique

    Jonas – Barton – Guthrie

    Owen

    Carrol – Ranger/Oba

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  • roscoe

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Shearer is a TOSS!

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  • geordie jock

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Zero Cool

    Jonas MOTM, I think you should go to specsavers because he was absolute shite along with half a dozen others. Time for Krul to start instead of Harper and there must be better in the reserves than Duff, R. Taylor, Nolan, Butt and Ameobi. We are rubbish at set pieces ( attacking and defending ), We cannot pass a ball properly as most passes go behind the player causing the players to retreat and the moves to break down. The midfield is our problem because they don’t cover the defence and they don’t give any decent balls to the strikers. Lets face it we are staring relegation in the face with this bunch of misfits.

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  • tysontoon

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Those player ratings on skysports are ludicrous!!

    my ratings:

    Harper – 6 – Made a few saves, but was lost on a few occasions as well.

    Taylor – 6 – ehh… wasn’t that impressed with his play, nor his set pieces.

    Beye – 8 – awesome as usual. some great last ditch tackles that may have saved a couple goals.

    Bassong – 9 – MoM for me. In total control at all times. plus he bloodied beattie up a bit.

    Edgar – 8 – Did outstanding. He made the smart decision every time, which made up for his lack of athleticism.

    Guthrie – 7 – like always, hes a solid midfielded. good on the ball, and solid passing.

    Butt – 6 – His passing is absolutely dreadful. also killed momentum with a few boneheaded shot attempts.

    Nolan – 5 – did he play today? I saw him miss a few passes, and forget to mark some players… thats it.

    Duff – 7 – gave it his all, and was rewarded with a solid all around performance. Good game for Duffer.

    Owen – 7 – Solid all game minus a couple missed passes. Always gets the teams settled in the opposition half by tracking back and setting up the attack. Would of had an assist had Nolan headed straight into the net.

    Shola – 2 – ….. pathetic offense. Pathetic defense. Bassong looked like he wanted to punch him after he lost his man on the goal. Then he lost his man again and we were lucky fuller didnt score.

    Jonas – 9 – huge spark off the bench. Really turned the game. My favorite thing about Jonas is that he WANTS to take people on. We needed his aggressiveness desperately.

    Carroll – 10 – What more could he have done? Comes in, scores, defends brilliantly. Him and Owen deserve to start next match. Oba didn’t want to battle today, so he loses his spot to carroll.

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  • roscoe

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #24

    we are absolute shite and shearer can’t pick a team to save his life nevre mind our prem life!

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #25

    20 roscoe // Apr 11, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Shearer is a TOSS!

    Knob!

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #26

    just thinking when carroll nearly got a last gasp winner at stoke in the cup last year

    this year he got one 😉

    love it!

    im off now!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Im back to say one thing:

    Roscoe – your full of shite! Stupid comment.

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  • roscoe

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Stuart79 // Apr 11, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    20 roscoe // Apr 11, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Shearer is a TOSS!

    Knob!

    If anyone else had picked that side and we’d played as shit as that we’d be calling for blood. I love shearer and yes he’s not a toss but that was a TOSS line up!

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #29

    I agree with you Geordie Jock that Krul should be inbetween the posts rather than Harper. Tell me something though, why is it that most of the Jocks don’t like Geordies and are desperate for us to go down?

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  • jimiley

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Shearer picked a lousy team and is dead lucky to get a draw. His first choice 11 never had a shot on goal. Carroll and Jonas turned events. Butt can’t play again. The formation was wrong. If he has as much luck in the next few weeks we might stay up. A relegation team without doubt. But we may stay up for another year of torture.

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  • Christoon

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #31

    what do people think of the stoke fans today? Every1 boo’s for one reason or another but to boo everytime we had the ball was a bit much, more so in the first half. Cans thrown at players?? all a bit shitty. Maybe i’m picking at nothing but it did annoy me.
    play wise seconf half was better, fort jonas lifted all our players with his play, love how quick he gets back to defend but the downside of that is he’s not further up for any counter attacks.
    fort but and nolan were rubbish, no one to contol the play like gerrard or alonso of liverpool. edgar was better than i expected, though seemed a lil nervous at times. Beye great as usual and bassong good but lil sloppy at times. Duff’s crosses were awful, and if nicky butt tries one more shot i may commit myself. If we lose to the spuds i may break somthing. points a point though.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 11, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Shot Bru
    Agree about Harper. A weak keeper. Said as much a couple on months ago and got slaughtered. Peoples eye are opening the more he plays and the more mistakes he makes. Thats why he was a numer 2 for 12 years.

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  • geordie jock

    Apr 11, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Shot Bru

    I am a geordie living in the Borders and i find most jocks up here support the toon and of the rest most want us to stay up. On Harper i think he was a good back up to Given but he is not good enough to be our no 1, as he showed today.

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  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Apr 11, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #34

    i can t believe no one has pointed out that it was ameobi who was blatantly at fault for the stoke goal. he was marking faye and just decided not to head the ball, watch the replay with him holding his face in shame afterwards. the guy is so bad he is a liability and not a risk we can afford atm.

    owen looked passed it im afraid to say. ive always stood behind him but if you cant carve out two or three decent chances against stoke, whoever, whoever then ur not worth the position.

    for me its gotta be carrol and ranger up top in a classic 442.

    nolan was/is shit, butt tired and got progressively more crap. guthrie was the best but three in the center just stood on each other’s toes. butt (barton when fit) and guthrie, two wingers (recall lua lua) and the young’ens up top. 3 home victories to safety.

    looked like a great atmosphere on tv just wish was in the toon for these last home games.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 11, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Still waiting for a midfielder to score a goal. This midfield must be the most goal shy in the history of NUFC. Taylor scores the odd header, Oba scores half a dozen, little Mikey scores a dozen (when hes fit) and thats it. Any wonder we are relegation material?

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  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 11, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Christoon I think the Stoke fans are disgraceful, throwing cans at our players because he was fouled by one of their players, where’s the logic in that?

    Booing whenever we kept the ball for a few seconds and started passing it about, although I don’t blame them too much there, I think they were just annoyed cause they don’t see the same from their own team, they just get a load of long ball shite 😛

    Horrible team, horrible fans, I don’t care what anyone says about them creating an ‘atmosphere’, it’s not a good atmosphere like you get at stadiums such as St James’ or Anfield.

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  • geist

    Apr 11, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Carroll has just got one of the most important goals he will get in his career. I am very disappointed with oba declearing himself unfit and I believe before that we were going to play 4-3-3.

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  • Fostino

    Apr 11, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #38

    dodgy line up, three cm’s in midfield, three centre backs i defence and two wingers playing wingback/wingers nd ameobi!! also surprized how long it took shearer to change it, jinas nd carroll mad a huge difference

    our midfield was crap, no creativity, i dunno how many useless long balls butt made today nd nolan nd guthrie were uncovincing!! ameobi was also shocking…he offers nithing to us!!!

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 11, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Cool Geordie Jock, the borders must have a different mentality, but the further north you go the anti geordie/nufc feeling becomes nasty. If i don’t go to games i am forced to watch the games in the pub and am generally the only punter supporting the toon, and generally take a lot of flack from bitter Jocks.

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  • only one shay given

    Apr 11, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #40

    ——————-harper————————–
    beye—-coloccini—-bassong—–taylor

    ———–nolan———-barton————

    jonas—————————————-duff

    ——————owen—-carrol————

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