Chris Hughton last night defended his striker and goal-scorer Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll – late equalizer for Newcastle
Chris objected to Swansea manager Paulo Sousa’s opinion that Andy Carroll should not have even been on the field to rescue Newcastle late in the game at Swansea.
Sousa was upset for a couple of reasons.
One was that Swansea should have won the game, and the second was that when Newcastle did equalize with just 3 minutes to go, goalscorer Carroll had escaped committing what looked like a bad foul just minutes earlier.
Sousa thought Carroll should have been given a red card for his challenge on Swansea’s Garry Monk just five minutes before the equalizer.
But Carroll’s goal, again from a far post cross, was his 9th of the season, and this lad is a big threat in the air, anywhere near the goal.
The Swansea manager said:
“Carroll should not have been on the field. I have seen the replay on his challenge.”
“He went in late and it was a red card.”
But surprisingly enough, Newcastle manager Chris Hughton didn’t agree with that, as he countered:
“My first impression was that it certainly was not a red card.”
“It was a ball that Carroll should have competed for and went to compete for.”
But Swansea were the better side yesterday on the day, there’s little doubt about that, and it was another disappointing performance from Newcastle, after getting hammered 3-0 at Derby County last Tuesday night.
Swansea had most of the possession, and should have done better than just a draw.
“Football can be cruel – we should have won by miles.”
“I have long said that Newcastle are the best team in this division.”
“But we proved today we are the best football team in the division.”
Chris Hughton must have been disappointed with another sub-par performance from his team, but of course Chris has to be careful to keep the confidence of his players high, as they are going through a rough patch right now.
“There’s no doubt we could have played better than we did today.”
“But I thought on the balance of play and the way we approached that last period of the game that we deserved something.”
“I would look at Steve Harper’s contribution in goal – and he wasn’t troubled so much.”
“And I thought we certainly had the best of the last period.”
Things are still in reasonable good shape, but only because Nottingham Forest in 3rd place are losing games, as they did yesterday at Doncaster Rovers.
Newcastle must get on the winning track soon, otherwise teams can come up fast in the final third of the season – teams we aren’t even watching right now.
Leicester City could be one of those teams, as they walloped Scunthorpe United 5-1 at home, and are now in 6th place on 46 points.