Chris Hughton has tonight praised the performance of Andy Carroll, who took Cardiff City apart in the first 15 minutes of tonight’s game.
Andy Carroll – started like a steam train tonight
Andy scored two goals in the first 15 minutes, and the other Newcastle goal was from a shot from Carroll that hit the post, and rebounded in off a Cardiff City player.
Quite a start for the 21 year-old Gateshead-born boy.
Chris Hughton talked about Carroll after the game tonight, in which Newcastle hammered Cardiff City 5-1:
“Potentially, he is number nine material. He’s a player who leads the line.”
“In some ways, he’s an old-fashioned centre-forward who has a prowess in the air, but he’s still developing his game and he has to continue to do that.”
“He has good football skills for a big man, but what he has to add to his game is goals, and he was able to do that tonight.”
And it wasn’t as if Cardiff City were not in-form, as they had won their last 4 league games, and were unbeaten in their last 8 games, and had also won some of those games very handily, including a 6-0 rout of Bristol City away from home.
But Newcastle United, gaining back some of their great pride as a club, blew them apart tonight in just 15 minutes, as the Magpies blazed to a 3-0 lead – it was unbelievable.
Chris Hughton, who must start to take some credit for this season, and also his signings of the last month, thought it was an eye-catching display by his Newcastle side tonight:
“There have been some really good performances.”
“I think you can take as much out of Sheffield United away 1-0 as you can tonight.”
“But from a footballing point of view, this is the most pleasing.”
Well, don’t expect Chris to get too carried away. 😀
But after all, that’s one of Chris’ great strengths as a manager – he keeps his feet firmly on the ground, and also keeps the Newcastle players’ feet firmly on the ground, and hardly lets them get carried away with their own success.
Chris and Colin will have the side ready again for next Tuesday’s tough challenge at Derby County.