Both Andy Carroll seem to have given multiple interviews today, but that’s hardly surprising after a very good 4-1 home win last night against Coventry City, in front of a good 40,000 crowd in the freezing cold weather on Tyneside, and of course both players scored.
Carroll and Routledge – both scored last night
Although not universally acclaimed as necessarily even a good player by some of our readers (based on some comments), we still think Andy will be in line for the number 9 shirt at Newcastle next season, if he keeps scoring goals.
Andy got his 10th goal last night, and has hit 6 goals in his last 7 games – not too shabby.
Andy talked about the Newcastle fighting qualities today – something we had very little of last season:
“It didn’t look too good when we conceded a sloppy goal.” “But this division is about showing character and all of the lads stuck in together.”
“They pushed on and kept going. We kept on attacking and that was great to see.” “It was lovely finish from Wayne Routledge to put us back on level terms.”
“We did the same as we did at Swansea – after going behind we fought back to get a good result.” “It’s important in this division that we continue to do that.”
“Our character is shining through and nobody is giving up or letting their heads drop.”
The lads must keep focused after this good win, and not follow it with a hopeless performance like they did at Derby County – they have to learn from their mistakes – like we all do.
Newcastle must be prepared to go out and do it all over again on Saturday afternoon against Preston North End.
It could well be that the next couple of games become important in the overall scheme of things, because 3 points on Saturday will set the team up for the next away game at Watford, a week on Saturday.
All 3 points should be possible down south against a side that is currently 15th in the Championship. But of course nothing is ever easy for Newcastle, we know that.
And Wayne Routledge seems to be just loving it at Newcastle, and the lad has been in decent form since he arrived last month from QPR for around £1.5M, according to some reports.
Last night was extra special for the 25 year-old Sidcup-born winger, as he scored his first goal for Newcastle, and it was a beauty.
Wayne has already set up a few goals for other players, but last night he thumped one home for himself, and since it was just 2 minutes after Coventry’s opening goal, it was very well timed.
Wayne talked about his goal today:
“I said when I came here I do make goals, but obviously I’m trying to improve my scoring as well.”
“If I can score more and make more, it’s good for me and the team.”
One of the things we think Chris Hughton does very well with his players, is to keep them centered and down to earth.
Chris doesn’t let them get too carried a way with a wins and at the same time he’s also very good at keeping things focused when we do badly – as in the previous two games – when we were hopeless.
That should stand the team in good stead for the remaining 15 games of the season – and let’s face it – the lads will have done just fantastically well so far this season, and if they can indeed gain promotion at the first attempt it would be terrific.
If you don’t believe that then just think back to what the morale at the club and amongst the Newcastle fans was last July 1st, when pre-training began at the Benton training ground.
You see what we mean.
Howay The Lads!!