Alan Shearer was pleased with the second half performance of the Newcastle side this afternoon, as they looked defeat full in the face, and came through with a great header from Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll – great goal from the 20 year-old striker
After the game, which was well supported by both sets of fans, Alan Shearer talked to Setanta Sports:
“It was (a) vital (point),” “When we got that goal I thought we were going to go on and win it.”
“The players showed in the second half they were up for the fight, up for the battle. We needed a little bit more quality in the second half and we got it.”
“The big man’s (carroll) come on and showed to me that he wants to play a big part. I was delighted for him. I just said to him go and make a name for yourself.”
“If we can get balls into the box, with the size of him and the hunger, not many people can handle him.”
Shearer asked Carroll at the Reserve game to show him what he could do, and he scored two great goals, and he’s come on today and saved the side with a great header and put in some sterling work in defense late in the game.
You cannot ask for much more than that, and we really hope Alan will give him a start next Sunday, although Andy will definitely see a lot more playing time, that’s for sure.
Alan was asked if he thought Newcastle could survive this season and he answered:
“Absolutely yes. I know the players do, especially after that second half performance.”
“I was aggrieved at one or two decisions, particularly that one. ”
Alan was talking about the corner that led to Faye’s first half goal, which clearly was a goal kick, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, and Newcastle had luck on their side on other occasions, so we cannot complain too much about that one.
Newcastle were far too hesitant at the start, and couldn’t put a string of passes together until about 15 minutes into the second half, and against a better side, we could have been dead and buried by then.
A big improvement is needed before the trip to Spurs next Sunday, and Alan still has lots of work to do on the defense, which still looked disorganized this afternoon, but on a personal basis Bassong, Beye and young David Edgar had sterling games. 21 year-old Edgar particularly gave everything he had today for the Newcastle cause this afternoon.
Beye was magnificent at the back again, and he looks to be a key player for the side during the run-in, and he had better get used to center-back because that’s where Shearer will want to use him for the rest of the season.
But his was a good result at the end of the day, and hopefully the lads will take confidence from their fight-back this afternoon.