Andy Carroll missed an absolute sitter on Saturday, but then made up for that with a wonderful left-foot shot on the volley, from a great lofted ball put in by Danny Guthrie.
Andy Carroll – great second half goal on Saturday
It was a top-class goal for Andy and his 3rd of the season, and the 20 year-old has come out today and spoken up for manager Chris Hughton.
Andy told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I think all of the players are happy with Chris in charge. He’s done a good job so far and he’s helped bring everybody together.”
“We’re top of the league and we look forward to every game.” “There was a lot of uncertainty when he took over, but he’s managed to turn that around.”
“Everyone is working for him and that’s reflected by our league position.” “It’s great to be among the goals, but I don’t set myself targets.”
“I’ve always said to myself, if I am playing well and my performances are good the goals will follow.” “I consider myself a goalscorer, but I always try to create goals for others too.
“If I am doing that then I am playing well enough.” “But every striker wants to score goals.”
Our next game against Sheffield United next Monday night will be a big test in the Championship, and we’re due a good performance after being way below form in our last 4-5 games, so maybe we’ll be able to get another much needed win.
Sheffield United are 13th in the league table and have conceded 25 goals in their 14 games so far, with 13 of them being at home – as a comparison Newcastle have conceded only 9 goals in their 14 games.
Their home record is won 2, drawn 4 and lost just one, which was the 4-3 defeat against Cardiff City on Saturday. Cardiff of course are second top of the Championship, just a single point behind Newcastle.
With the poor Blades’ defensive record you might expect Newcastle to be able to get among the goals next Monday, and we certainly hope so.
The first goal is always important so if Newcastle can score first, that may give the lads the confidence to start to play the good football we know they are capable of.
“The team spirit in the camp is good and we know we’re all in it together.”
“Everybody is simply working as one and we just want to continue the momentum in every game we play.”
We’d love to get Coloccini back in the side for next Monday night, but it looks like Steven Taylor is unlikely to make that game.
Danny Simpson is expected to start training on Wednesday, and all being well will be fit for the game at Sheffield.