Andy Carroll Showed The True Geordie Spirit


Let’s face it, Newcastle looked a relegation side in the first half at Stoke yesterday, and the Potters only had themselves to blame for not having the game wrapped up 10 minutes into the second half when they were all over the Magpies.

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Andy Carroll – changed the game yesterday

That’s one way to sum up the game but that was only the first 55 minutes and with Newcastle still just one goal down, the lads found their feet and fought back over the final 30 minutes, that’s what was really good about the game yesterday.

And just a wonderful header from young Andy Carroll got the point, when we had all been talking about taking all 3 points before the game.

So it’s clear that a better team than Stoke (Spurs for instance) would have had Newcastle dead and buried with just 35 minutes to go and the team must start with a lot more confidence next Sunday at White Hart Lane than we did yesterday.

But at the end of the day most Newcastle fans were happy with the point, since defeat had been staring the lads in the face for much of the game.

And it was a young local lad, and a striker too, that showed the overpaid stars of Newcastle not only how to score, and how to defend, but showed the true Geordie Pride that still exists in Newcastle, if not in some of our players.

Shearer though, has a load of work to do with this team, and it’s good that he will have a week to prepare the side before most of the remaining games, because we looked a very poor side for a large part of the game yesterday.

Shearer said after the game:

“The attitude of the players has been great.” “In the second half I thought they showed me what they had done in training during the week.”

“They showed they can pass it, they can play, and with a little bit more confidence and belief in themselves then we will go on and get results – certainly that’s the aim.”

“After going a goal down I thought they handled the situation well because there have been too many times this season when Newcastle have conceded a goal, then crumbled and conceded another.”

“But it was far from that today as you saw players throwing their bodies on the line, throwing themselves into tackles and prepared to get cut.” “We’re going to need all of that, and a little bit more, if we are to survive.” “But the belief is there, which is okay in training, but you have to produce it in the big arena.”

“We did that in the second half, and they should take great heart from that – I take great heart from that because I’ve now seen it in a game.” “We’ve done it for 45 minutes, but we now have to do it in every game we play.”

Shearer of course has to accentuate the positive, but we can only imagine he gave the players a rocket at half time for their lackadaisical play, and if hadn’t been for Bassong and Beye in the first half we could and should have been a lot further behind.

But on the positive side there was a good fight-back over the last 30 minutes and Newcastle wanted the win, although that would have been unfair, to say the least to a well organized Stoke side.

It also showed the lads are getting fitter since this game was almost the opposite of most of our recent defeats, when we’ve played well in the first half, but then tailed off once the opposition scored their first goal.

And there was Andy Carroll, who even though he’s just 20 years-old has to be used, because he’s a big physical lad, who defenses find so hard to handle and he’s a great header of the ball.

That goal yesterday could be used as a study in how to head the ball, as he put the ball way beyond the Stoke goalkeeper, from what was just a half chance from a cross from Duff, who also worked his socks off yesterday. Certainly Alan would have been proud of that header.

If only some of our millionaire players showed the same guts and glory as the 20 year- old Gateshead-born lad, we’d not be in this trouble, but we’ll not dwell on that too much this morning.

Andy Carroll saved Newcastle yesterday, let’s make no mistake about that.

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15 comments so far

  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Apr 12, 2009 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Putting them away in the reserve match midweek then for the full team yesterday. He has to start ahead of Ameobi. Enough said. Happy Easter to you and your family Ed.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 12, 2009 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    He has to play against Spurs.

    They are really poor in the air and conceed most of their goals from headers.

    I’d take another point against Spurs next week.

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  • Girth

    Apr 12, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    how many more managers is ameobi gonna make a fool of? just awful! Carroll did more in 10 mins than he did all match!
    Glad you mentioned Duff Ed, didnt stop all day, great attitude!!
    Tell ya what as well, for the people who were there, is that the loudest ground you have been to this season??? I thought it was a great atmosphere and i think thought ground has something oto do with it, reminded me of st james before the extension!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 12, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Great header great point it might just be theturning point for us 1 point next week then 3 home wins will see us stay up. Keep the faith

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  • jimiley

    Apr 12, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Carroll dug Shearer out of a massive hole of his own making. Wrong selection AND formation.
    You have to question Shearer’s judgemnt when he selects Ameobi.
    There was loads of heart in the team yesterday but we were second best against STOKE because of the management policy re team and formation and because some of our players are just crap and/or too old. Butt is too old. Offers nothing in the final third when he gives the ball away. Nolan, Taylor, (our new signings in Jan for which Dennis was given a million pound going away present thank you very much) and Ameobi are just crap. Four players out of eleven are substandard. Very average Prem players are Harper, Edgar, Duff, Guthrie. We are left with quality players bassong, Jonas and Owen. Owen is a great finisher but needs to be in a team creating chances so he is totally sidelined because our midfield creates very little and cannot score for toffee. Which century did a midfielder last score a goal in? In conclusion, with that team of has beens and pensioners who will never get another game if we are relegated never mind pick up £70K a week, is it any wonder we were second best yesterday and worthy relegation candidates. We needed to win that game yesterday and were 1 nil down and yet for 70 mins had hardly a shot at goal. We are grasping at straws if we are satisfied with this draw. We needed a win and we are in more danger of relegation after that result.

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  • dougnufc

    Apr 12, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    What a great header by Carroll. Well done lad.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 12, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Geordiedoon sooth,
    Wer’ve had FOUR home wins out of 15 home games. We’ve played a lot of crap teams and failed to beat them. We are also a crap team. Why do you think we can now win 3 out of 3? The odds are stacked against us. We can hope but you would not bet all you dosh on the tooon winning all 3 would you. Its called blind faith rather than the real world. 39 point may not be enough. Do you think we’ll get anything at Spuds? who are playing as well as anybody? Relegation candidates 8 weeks ago and now challenging for Europe.

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  • George Athens

    Apr 12, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Hello again from Athens
    i saw all the yesterday game…
    awfull first half…
    really recove rin second…
    6 finals remain…
    i hope…

    Spurs
    Portsmouth
    Liverpool
    Boro
    Fulham
    Villa

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  • nufcindia

    Apr 12, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Its not right to judge a manager on 2 games, but i think Alan Shearer has to think more about his tactis because

    1- With the system we played in we were wasting duff completely. Whenever ball was played to him there were 2 opponents covering him and he could do nothing with the ball. We could see the difference when he was given the chance to run at defenders in the 2nd half.
    2- i think nicky butt is in the team as a defensive midfielder. He played atleast 10 long balls and not even one reached the target. The balls he was trying was very low percentage balls. i dont think even if those balls reached the target anything could be done with it. he could have tried short passes but no. if this is a deliberate tactic then shearer has to take the blame. other wise he should take the blame for not stopping him do that. Butt is not alonso. his best quality is defending. let him do that.
    3- habib beye is a good playing at centre back. but he is even better at right back.
    4- even after we changed the formation we were strugling to get crosses in. there was no wing backs supporting the wingers but the center midfielders are running into the box. and then we give the ball away and there is no one to defend.we full backs were used duff would have been a very good attacking wise. i DOnt like ameobi but we cant blame him yesterday because he was given no services. only service was from nicky butt which was no at all good enough

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  • George Athens

    Apr 12, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    and something a little out of this topic…
    i was in this game…
    but what a pitty i havent a mobile with a photo camera…
    the only time i saw Newcastle live in the field…

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/3758940.stm

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  • Sav

    Apr 12, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Howay JimIley and nufcIndia. Shearer’s tactics were clearly up the Swannee when Martins cried off with a damaged groin. Presumably he was going to try Owen in the withdrawn role Keegan favoured. With Martins out we lost pace and that tactic was out the winda.
    Its also his second match and the first one we stood a chance of getting anything from – which we did – so back off and calm yoursels.
    Morale has to be a bit better after that performance. Battling back to earn a draw always feels like a moral victory. Confidence-building is everything. Its pretty much all that Al can do in such a short spell but its one area where the fans really can play some small part. So chin up, as we steady ourselves for a tilt at Spurs. It’ll be a tough match but we’ve taken them on and won before.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 12, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Happy Easter guys…..The real King has risen from the dead.
    Have a good one….

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  • DJG

    Apr 12, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Carroll did more in 20 mins than Owen and Ameobi did in 160 combined. And thats being kind.
    Seriously what was Shearer thinking. We will never know but dare I say Carroll may have picked up Faye to prevent their goal. He did for the time he was on.

    At first I though he may have been unfit, but he had played 90 mins in the reserve match and trained all week. He has to start against Spurs.

    Drop Owen as well. Play Martins or preferably Ranger. If their good enough their old enough. Look at the impact Marcheda has had at ManU and he is only 17.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 12, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #15

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