Andy Carroll showed everybody the way to safety, as he put in 20 minutes of all-out action, defended well, and scored an absolutely stunning goal, when we needed it most. Apart from that he had a poor game. 😀
Andy Carroll – when he sported shorter hair
Speaking after scoring the very first goal of Newcastle’s new Alan Shearer era (hopefully), Carroll told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle:
“My first goal was special, but this means so much more to myself, the club and the fans.” “We all believe we can get out of trouble, but we needed a break and I think this could be it.”
“There are only six games left in the league, and with us being down towards the bottom of the table, we need every point we can get.” “Balls were coming in all over the place from out wide, and this one was a great ball by Duffer (Damien Duff).”
“I just got on the end of it and hit it back across goal, and luckily it went in.” “I didn’t know it was going to hit the back of the net until it did. As soon as I saw the net move, I was over the moon.”
“We piled on the pressure after that, and could have nicked a second.” “Stoke dropped right off, and we took advantage.” “We had the chances to get a winner.”
“The fans were unbelievable, and it was nice to score the equaliser to get a great point for us.” “We went there to get the three points, but we went behind, and fought back to get the equalizer. We were unlucky not to take the three points.”
And Andy Carroll, whether he likes it or not, has become the Newcastle poster boy on how the club can save themselves from relegation this season. An all-out inspirational display from somebody who was brought up on Geordie Land – and had Alan Shearer as his boyhood hero – and is just 20 years-old.
Let’s hope some of Andy’s amazing guts and spirit rub off on some of his more illustrious team-mates this week in training.
“I scored twice for the reserves on Monday, and came off the bench and scored another, so I’m happy with my week.”
“I was happy to be on the bench, and delighted to get on and score the equaliser.” “I had a job to do when I went on, which was to drop back and try to clear everything from the box.”
“Every time a cross came in, I was in the right place to clear it.”
Andy did his defensive duties very well, clearing well from corners and crosses, and it’s a pity Shola didn’t concentrate enough on the corner after 33 minutes when he let former team-mate Abdoulaye Faye a free header on goal, and Faye didn’t miss.
But we know Shola was unhappy after the game with that mistake – but mistakes happen, and we now have to learn and take those lessons into the last 6 games of the season, and rescue ourselves – that’s job one right now.