And Carroll seems determined to score more goals in the run-in to the season for his home town club, and we have to hope that manager Shearer will give this lad his big chance to save Newcastle from relegation. What a story this local lad created on Saturday for Newcastle United.
Andy Carroll – after scoring Saturday
Andy talked to Newcastle United TV this morning:
“I need to stay fit now, work hard in training, keep doing everything the gaffer tells me to and hopefully win a place in the team,”
“I was delighted to get the goal at Stoke because it was a goal we really needed.” “It was a good ball by Duffer and I just knew where the goal was and tried my best to get it up and over the keeper.”
“It was an unbelievable feeling to see it go in and my head was still buzzing after the game.” “We’re now two points behind Sunderland but we’re all confident we can get out of trouble and we’ve got another massive game at Spurs next week.”
And in fact after the goal Duff put in a couple more excellent crosses, that Andy almost got on the end of, and now we have a new threat with Carroll in the middle that we will never get playing Martins and Owen together. Andy provides an aerial and physical presence, from a 6’5″ front man, who can score goals too. Sounds good to us.
And while Martins cried off before the game, it was Andy who came on to electrify the game, not only with the goal but he seemed on Saturday a youngster inspired by his famous manager and boyhood idol, Alan Shearer. He gives the defenders such a physical mauling no wonder he is more than a handful in the penalty area.
This boy should be given his head right now, and the next step for him will be the England Under-21 side, as he’s already played for the U-19 and U-20 England sides to great effect.
We loved to see that spirit on Saturday, and would certainly like to see more players show the same spirit and inspiration next Sunday at White Hart Lane. We will need heroes and Andy stepped up to the plate for his home-town club on Saturday, that’s for sure.
And if it takes local players to save the side this year – so be it.
For now it seems it’s a young 20 year-old local lad showing the way for other Newcastle players.